Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Prof. Ganeswar Mishra, former Professor in English, Utkal University is no more.
The eminent author, thinker, founder editor of Prameya, a man of immense patience, of unfathomable friendship, of deep concern for the society, a man of matchless strength to overcome debacles is lost to Orissa. He passed away this early morning leaving family members. innumerable admirers, friends and relations to mourn.
Author of 30 books in English including 25 research papers mostly on Aspects of Translation, Indian and Commonwealth Literature published in India and abroad, he had written 50 books in Oriya spread over all major areas of literature like Novels, Features, Translations, Travelogues, Book Reviews, Essays and Poems. Many of his Oriya works have been translated into English and several Indian languages.
He was Commonwealth Academic Staff Scholar, University of Kent (U.K.) from 1974 to 78; Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow, University of London (U.K.), 1983-84; British Council visitor to U.K. in 1989. Very many award winners in the field of literature, he was awarded with Senior Fellowship in Literature by the Government of India for 1992-94. Professor of English, Utkal University (1986-2002) he was President of Orissa Sahitya Akademi from 2005 to 2007, during which period, he headed the Project Committee of Oriya Bhasa Pratisthan. he had earned his Ph.D. in English and American Literature from University of Kent (U.K.) in 1978; yet he was a Praveen in Hindi from Hindi Rastrabhasha Parishad.
“MRUTYURNASTITI” (There is no death) has said Sanatsujata in Mahabharata. “DEATH IS DEATHLESS” has said Buddha.
I hope, Sriman Sandeep Mishra, the worthy son of this illustrious father, will appreciate this ancient wisdom and convince his entire family to feel Prof. Mishra as omnipresent hereafter always.
I stand in silence in his honor.
Long live Prof. Mishra in our hearts, live for ever.
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