Bhubaneswar,17/11/18:A commemorative event for the Birth Centenary of Prof. Dev Mohapatra is to be held on 18 November '2018 at National School of Drama , Delhi.
Some distinguished speakers invited for the event are Lalit Mansingh(former Ambassador), Dharmendra Pradhan (Union Minister), Suparno Satpathy (Chairman SNSMT), Mahesh Sharma (Union Minister), Ashok Chandra Panda (Minister in Odisha) , Jatin Das (Artist) and Sunil K Bhargava (Resident Commissioner in Delhi for Govt. of Odisha) .
Prof. Dev Mohapatra an author and creative artist from Odisha made significant contributions in the field of literature and theatre in the early period post Independence era of India.
His first Odia book in 1940 'Drushtikon' written on 'sex and love' was a taboo in that age, but the same was critically acclaimed by established writers of that era Laxmikanta Mohapatra, Harishchandra Baral and Radhanayak Gadnayak. They had appreciated the then young Dev's ideas.
In 1948 Dev Mohapatra launched his seminal work an illustrated hand written magazine in Odia from Bombay called “Kumkum”. No magazine of its kind had been published till date in Odia literature and naturally Kumkum created a sensation in the literary world back then.
Kumkum proudly holds the place as the first hand written illustrated Odia magazine. Even after 68 years of its ceasing publication Kumkum is still fondly remembered as a unique, one of its kind magazine of its era.
Many well known Odia writers wrote articles for Kumkum. Writers such as Phaturananda (Ramachandra Misra), poetess Bidyut Prabha Devi, Kantakabi Laxmikanta Mahapatra, Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu, Padmabhushan Kalindi Charan Panigrahni, Padmashri Manoj Das, Rajkishore Mohanty and also the Ex Chief Minister of Odisha Nandini Satpathy.
In 1959 Dev Mohapatra was selected for a UNESCO scholarship to study Scenic Design and Theatre Architecture in Japan and returning from there he got the job of an Associate Professor at the newly established National School of Drama.
He remained associated with NSD and the theatre world from 1960 till 1995, the year he passed away due to a sudden illness. He made significant contributions towards popularizing Odissi dance form and dancers in the national capital.