Mr. Samarendranath Mahapatra is a well-known Odia Poet and writer who has beenwriting since 1980. His poems have been published in all the leading Odia magazines andbroadcast in All India Radio and telecast in Doordarshan. To date he has seven collectionsof poems: 1. Mauna Abhisar, 2. Uttirna Abatirna, 3. Eka Eka Bikramarka, 4. Kalikala, 5.Sabda Samagra, 6. Nayaka and 7. Kabita Sarajibana. He is also very prominent in Children'sLiterature. To date he has written six books for Children. 3 story books- 1. Ek Dui Tin, 2.Agadam Bagadam, 3. Anabana Gapa, and 3 poem collections for children- 1. Janama MatiDake, 2. Nali Gulu Gulu Sadhaba Bohu and 3. Maja Maja Kabita. He has also editedcompilations such as- 1. Beparua Badshah, 2. Sahityara Sambhabana, 3. PrasangaAprasanga and some others. He is the founding editor of JHARKA, a literary periodical inOdia. As a writer he has received several awards including the State Youth Award for Poetry(1996-97), Travel Grant awarded by Sahitya Akademi (2000-2001), Prajatantra Bisuva MilanAward (1983), Sanskruti Mitra Award (2012) and many more. He is recognised as a filmcritic and attended several film festivals including IFFIs. Some of his poems have beentranslated into English and Hindi which are published in 'Indian Literature', 'The Telegraph'and 'Samakalin Bharatiya Sahitya'. He has also written Lyrics for some Odia Films andmusic albums. Some of his books on film and culture are on the verge of release. He is nowstudying on Tribal Culture-Music and Songs. So Jhumar songs are now under his keenstudy. Now he is the recipient of Senior Fellowship, given by Ministry of Culture, Govt. ofIndia.
Mr. Mahapatra also writes Poems in English language and some of his Odia poemshave been translated into English. These are published in 'Indian Literature', 'PoetryQuarterly', 'Kavya Bharati', 'The Telegraph', 'The Sun Times' etc. Many of his poems havebeen available in different poetry sites on Net such as www.poemsclub.com,PoemHunter.com, Moontown Cafe.com, Voices Net.com, Muse India etc.