Atmacharita (Phakirmohan Senapati)

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About the Book Phakirmohan Senapati's Atmacharita is arguably the first autobiography in Odia language. Regarded not only as the best autobiography in the Odia language even today, it also takes a pride of place among the most notable autobiographies of Indian literature. Atmacharita is not merely an account of Phakirmohan's life it is, more significantly, the linguistic representation of contemporary history and social life. Objective self-analysis, consciousness of life around i...
About the Book

Phakirmohan Senapati's Atmacharita is arguably the first autobiography in Odia language. Regarded not only as the best autobiography in the Odia language even today, it also takes a pride of place among the most notable autobiographies of Indian literature. Atmacharita is not merely an account of Phakirmohan's life it is, more significantly, the linguistic representation of contemporary history and social life. Objective self-analysis, consciousness of life around it, historical insight, social enquiry, and above all, a novel-like imaginative, narrative and rehetorical style characterize it. The English translation of this new and fectual edition is likely to appeal to the wide range of writers, intellectuals, researchers, and general reader alike.

Phakirmohan Senapati (1843-1918) was born at Mallikashpur in Balasore, Odisha and played a pioneering role in establishing the distinct identity of Odia, a language mainly spoken in Odisha, India. Regarded as the Father of Modern Odia Literature, he dedicated his life to the progress of the Odia language in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Coming from a very poor family, he had little formal education, but through his rare grit and determination, he educated himself and learnt several languages, including English. A pioneer printer, publisher and journalist in Odisha, he translated single-handedly both the Ramayana, and the Mahabharata from the original into Modern Odia, besides translating a number of Sanskrit classical texts. Much senior to the celebrated Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), and pioneering Hindi novelist, Munshi Premchand (1880-1936), Phakirmohan was among the first to depart from the romantic idiom and write novels in the genre of social realism in modern Indian literature. He produced many significant novels, after trying his hand at short stories, ballads, hymns, narrative poems, rollicking satires, school text books and an epic on Buddha. Some of his major works include Chhamana Athaguntha (Six Acress and Eight Decimels), Lachhama, Mamu (Maternal Uncle), Prayaschitta (Expiation)etc. However, his seminal contribution to the genre of autobiography has earned him a unique and lasting place not only in Odia literature, but in Indian literature, per se.

 

About the Author

Debendra Kumar Dash, the Editor of the Odia original edition, is a well known researcher and critic of Odia literature. He has earned a special identity for himself in the field of textual editing. He has shown his excellence in editing the complete works of some of the stalwarts of Odia literature, namely, Radhanath Ray, Madhusudan Das, Phakirmohar Senapati, Umesh Chandra Sarkar and Gopabandhu Das.

 

Contents

 

  Prologue  
  Introduction  
1 The Family Tree 1
2 My Childhood 4
3 Early Education 6
4 Sewing the Sails 11
5 Apprenticeship in Government Service 12
6 Visiting the Court 15
7 Education at Barabati School 17
8 A New Job 21
9 Development of Barabati School 24
10 Teaching at Balasore Mission School 29
11 Desire to Learn English 35
12 Changes in Social Life 40
13 Acceptance of the Brahmo Religion 44
14 Setting up a Press in Balasore: First Attempt 49
15 Pundit at Cuttack Normal School 55
16 Famine in Orissa 57
17 Thakurma Passes Away 62
18 Setting up a Press in Balasore: Second Attempt 64
19 Setting up Village Schools 70
20 Setting up a Girls' Schools in Balasore 72
21 "Oriya Is Not a Separate Language" 78
22 General and Higher Education 81
23 Membership on the School Committee 83
24 My Second Marriage 85
25 Dewan at Nilagiri 88
26 My journey to Cuttack 94
27 Dewan at Dompara 96
28 Assistant Manager in Dhenkanal 120
29 Dewan at Daspalla 142
30 Dewan at Palalahada 166
31 Manager at Keonjhar 170
32 Uprising at Keonjhar 175
33 Leaving Keonjhar 198
34 Dewan at Dompara for a Second Term 204
35 In Cuttack 210
36 In Balasore 216
  Appendix 1 219
  Appendix 2 245
  Bibliography 249

 

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Item Code: NAN027 Author: Debendra Kumar Dash Cover: Paperback Edition: 2016 Publisher: National Book Trust ISBN: 9788123778389 Language: English Size: 9.5 inch x 6.0 inch Pages: 299 (4 B/W Illustrations) Other Details: Weight of the Book: 595 gms
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