Cuttack, April 24: Eminent author Padma Shri, Binapani Mohanty is no more.
She breathed her last at 85 in her Cuttack residence on Sunday.
She was under treatment for geriatric related ailments.
Mohanty as an eminent writer was conferred with the prestigious Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman by Odisha Sahitya Akademi for her contribution to Odia literature.
Besides, she was a noted literary figure who carved a niche for herself in the field of Odia fiction writing, Mohanty was awarded the Padma Shri for her rich creative repository to the Odia literature.
Her literary career as a story-teller began with publication of ‘Gotie Ratira Kahani’ in 1960. Some of her best stories are ‘Pata Dei’, ‘Khela Ghara,’Naiku Rasta’, ‘Bastraharana’, Andhakarara’, ‘Kasturi Murga O Sabuja Aranya’ and ‘Michhi Michhika’.
It was ‘Pata Dei’ that earned the Sahitya Akademi Award for Mohanty in 1990. She had also penned three Odia novels and translated Russian folk tales from English to Odia.
A pall of gloom has descended among the literary fraternities as the state lost an ace literature like Mohanty.