Kuntala Kumari Sabat was an eminent poet and writer born on February 1, 1901 in backward province of Odisha Bastar in a place called Jagdalpur. Her grandfather was from a Brahmin family of Danda Mukundpur a village of Puri district. Her mother belonged to a Hindu ‘Karan’ family. Due to some unavoidable circumstances they had converted to Christians but still they did not leave the Hindu culture. Her father Daniel Sabat was doctor, who had stayed away in Burma of those days for several years. Her mother Monica Sabat took keen interest in Kuntala education. Kuntala Kumari studied medicine at Cuttack Medical School where she earned her LMP degree in 1921.
While she was studying in Cuttack Revenshaw Girls School she got award for her poem. She used to write right from her student career till her death. She wrote many poems like ‘Anjali’,’Uchhwas’, ‘Archana’,’Spuling’,’Awhan’,’Prem Chintamani’,’Odiyanka Kandana’etc. Her novels include ‘Bhranti’,’Na Tundi’,’Kali Bohu’,’Parasmani’,’Raghu Arakhita’, ‘Chitrapat’ etc.
She died in August 23, 1938 in her thirties. A glorious life of service and creativity was cut short by death. The nation can yet pay tributes to one of India’s brave daughters who sang as they led the people in their historic struggle for liberation. This author feels that at least a road should be named after Kuntala Kumari Sabat in the national Capital, and a commemorative postal stamp is issued.