Dr. Sarojini Sahoo

Dr Sarojini SahooBorn in 1956, Dr. Sarojini Sahoo has an MA and PhD degrees in Odia Literature, and a Bachelor of Law, from Utkal University. She now teaches at a Degree college in Belpahar, Jharsuguda, of Odisha.

A distinguished feminist writer, and an earlier editor of Pallaba, a fiction oriented Odia journal, she has been conferred with the Orissa Sahitya Academy Award, 1993, the Jhankar Award, 1992, the Bhubaneswar Book Fair Award and the Prajatantra Award.

She has published seven anthologies of short stories and five novels. The anthologies are: Sukhara Muhanmuh (1981), NijaGahirareNije (1989), Amrutara Pratikshare (1992), Chowkath (1994), Tarali Jauthiba Durga (1995), Deshantari (1999), and Dukha Apramita (2006). The novels are Upanibesh (1998), Pratibandi (1999), Swapna Khojali Mane (2000) Mahajatra (2001) and Gambhiri Ghara (2006).

Well known for her frankness, Sahoo is a prime figure and trendsetter of feminism in contemporary Odia literature. For her, feminism is not a gender problem or any confrontational attack on male hegemony. So, it is quite different from that of Virginia Wolf or Judith Butler. She accepts feminism as a total entity of female hood which is completely separate from the man’s world. She writes with a greater consciousness of women bodies, which would create a more honest and appropriate style of openness, fragmentation and non-linearity. Her fictions always project a feminine sensibility from puberty to menopause. The feminine feelings like restrictions in the adolescence, the pregnancy, the fear factors like being raped or being condemned by society and the concept of a bad girl etc always have the thematic exposure in her novels and short stories.

Her other anthologies are Sukhara Muhanmuh (1981), Nija Gahirare Nije (1989), Amrutara Pratikshare (1992), Chowkath (1994), Tarali Jauthiba Durga (1995), Deshantari (1999), and Dukha Apramita (2006). The novels are: Upanibesh (1998), Pratibandi (1999), Swapna Khojali Mane (2000) Mahajatra (2001) and Gambhiri Ghara (2006). She has widely translated and published in different Indian languages. Her stories have been included in anthologies published by Harper Collins, National Book Trust, Gnanapith and Sahitya Akademi. Once she was also the editor of Odia Literary Magazine the ‘Pallaba’ and fiction oriented English timely journal the ‘Breakthrough’.

Delhi Doordarshan, the National Channel of India has featured her life style and creations in its special tele-serial ‘Literary Postcard’.