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THE SONG OF THE NECTAR (Amrutamaya kavita )

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THE SONG OF THE NECTAR (Amrutamaya kavita )

How blissful is god’s creation
How ambrosial and sweet !
Awake, arise men and women,
Drink that relish sweet.
Drinking nectar
Feeling rapture
Sing, victory to the almighty.
How blissful is god’s creation
How ambrosial and sweet !


[by: Bhaktakabi Madhusudan Rao ]

[English Translation by: Sasmitarani Swain ]

BHAKTA KABI MADHUSUDAN RAO
Madhusudan Rao was born in a Maharastrian Kshyatriya family in Puri. His ancestors were from the Maharashtriyan royal family of the Bhonslas from Nagpur. They came to Orissa during the rule of Marathas. After Orissa was ruled by the British many of these Marathas were left back in Orissa. He was born to one such family. 

His father was an employee of Orissa police department. He was therefore transferred to different places. As a result Madhusudan Rao had gained education from different schools of Gop, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Puri. He passed FA from Revenshaw College in year 1871. During that period there was no scope for B.A in Orissa. So he had stopped his education from here. He served, as a teacher in various schools from 1871.He became the Deputy Inspector of Education in 1880 when Radhanath Ray was the Inspector. He became the Inspector of Orissa Schools Association in 1906. He retired from the Government service in 1907 and spent rest of his life in writing and taking part in the discussions held in literature. He came across various personalities and laureate like Radhanath Ray, Gopabandhu, Harihar, Pyarimohan, Fakir Mohan, Gangadhar Meher etc during his service period. There was no academic Oriya book in Orissa during his period. Looking at this miserable condition Radhanath Ray and Madhusudan Rao wrote first academic Oriya book. A book named Barnabodhawas published in 1895, which was written by Madhusudan Rao. This book is a precious asset of Oriya language. This book was recognized and prescribed by the education department that served as a workbook in all educational institution for quite a long time. About one lakh twenty seven thousand copies of this book were sold during 19947-48 in a single year. Out of all different Oriya workbooks this book was most popular and prevailed all over Orissa. His other books Sishubodha, Balabodha, Sahitya Kusum, and Prabandhamala etc. laid a foundation stone of all the Oriya workbooks. He had gained expertise in writing on “child literature”. Many magazines like “Sikhyabandhu”, “Asha”, ‘Utkal Sahitya”, “Utkal Darpan”, etc. were published by his efforts. 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Swagatika Pati

    August 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Beautiful description.
    Thanx

  2. Dipika Samant Singhar

    September 12, 2012 at 2:23 am

    It’s the glorious past of our Odisha’s poets

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