Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Oriya publisher enters record books

One poverty stricken publisher has recorded his name in the Limca Book of Records by publishing a magazine in 60 languages.

Fund crunch failed to prevent Bijaya Kumar Mohapatra, 40, from fulfilling his long cherished dream of publishing a magazine in 64 languages and entering the Limca Book of Records. An attempt that started in 1990 with publication of 'Suna Bhaunei' in Oriya and subsequently the 'Loving Sister' in English in 1992 has now 60 versions in different languages. With financial assistance of Rs 5,000 from his brother-in-law Mohapatra has published.

Other versions of the magazine are Payri Bahan ( 1992) in Hindi, Loving sister (1992) in English, Sona Bona(1992) in Bengali, Vahali Bahen (1998)in Gujarati, Priyamania Chellelu(1998) in Telgu, Subrana Bhagani (1998) in Sanskrit, Priya Sodari (1998) in Kannad, Pyari Bahen (1999) in Urudu, Maramara Bharti (1999) in Assemese, Anbu Sagothari (1999) in Tamil , Pyari Bhen (1999) in Sindhi, Piari Bhen (1999) in Punjabi, Priya Tai (2000) in Marathi, Dulaliya Misera (2000) in Santhali, Priya Sahodari (2000) in in Malayalam, Pyari Bahini (2000) in Nepali, Nungsirabi Icha (2001) in Manipuri, Mogal Bhayana (2001) in Konkani, Suna Bahen (2001) in Koshali, Ladi Bhen (2003) in Dogari, Suna Angi (2004) in Kui, Dulari Bahin (2004) in Bhojapuri, Tyath Byani (2004) in Kashmiri, Suna Bahen (2004) in Dam, Dulari Bahin (2004) in Maithili and other languages. Much to his satisfaction and to the appreciation of many, the magazine even appears in dialects as little known as Angika Bajika, Magahai and Ho.

Despite poverty of his family and absence of any support from the administration for his effort, Mohapatra has made history in his region by publishing in 60 languages. He has also established a mini library cum museum in his Pakanpur village in which he has stored several old publications and manuscripts. His collection of antiques, old coins, postal stamps, and photographs have also been displayed in the museum. He is also bringing out a weekly of children's literature, 'The World Children's Literature' in English, Oriya, and Hindi since 2001.

Editor, Limca Book of Records Vijaya Ghose has awarded him for editing and publishing children's magazine in most languages over past 20 years. He succeeded in bringing out the magazines in 50 languages by 2007. Mohapatra said that he has determined to publish this magazine in other 240 languages in future.

Poverty is no bar but strong will and determination has made me success to achieve this award bringing proud for my effort. District collector Mr Pramoda Kumar Meherdha and eminent littérateur Mr Mohendra Kuamr Acharay, eminent social activist Mr Akshaya Kumar Behera , local legislator Mr Bishnu Das and others have praised him for his out standing performance in his litterateur work.


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  2. It proves the dedication and the urge to write. Hats off to the writer. It is a welcome step and reminds of the fact that still there is a ray of hope still preserved.