Odia writer Pratibha Ray named for Jnanpith Award 2011
Odia writer Pratibha Ray, known for her fight against caste and religious discrimination, was on December 27, 2012 named for the prestigious Jnanpith Award for 2011.
Earlier Gopinath Mohanty (1973), Sachidananda Routray (1986) and Sitakant Mohapatra (1993) were conferred the honour.
“I grew up reading great literature created by our past writers. They shaped me, my understanding of situations and my writings,” Ray, a professor by profession and writer by passion, said.
Ray said, “I am a humanist. I felt the agony of the people before giving shape to them in my writing.”
She described Odisha’s first Jnanpith awardee (1973) Gopinath Mohanty as her favourite among Odia novelists.
Ray said besides Odia, she read novels in Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, English and Spanish.