Lokarpan of Orissa-based journalist Prasanta Patnaik's fourth short-story collection Krushnachuda Ra Ranga
Report by Orissadiary correspondent; Bhubaneswar:
Eminent octogenarian writer and editor of " Samaya " Mr. Satakadi Hota , on Saturday in a colourful function at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan presided over the Lokarpan ceremony of Veteran journalist, photo-journalist and critic, Prasanta Patnaik's fourth short-story collection " Krushnachuda ra ranga " ( Colour of Bougainvillea ). Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Editor of Sambad and promoter of Kanak TV, and Prof. Biswaranjan Editor of " Khabar " were the guests of honour while minister if finance Prafulla Chandra Ghadei was the chief guest.
Krushnachuda ra ranga, which is a collection of 20 short stories of Prasanta Patnaik written during his prime youth are photographic reflections of his experiences and that of the society. Most of the stories were based on the philosophy of life which he accepted from Nobel Laurate Earnest Hemingway " a man can be destroyed, but he can not be defeated, if he is true to himself ".
Prof, Biswaranjan in his speech highlighted the variety of themes from deep love to arena of social justice, politics, intimate touch of poverty enjoyment of life with friends etc, in the stories of Prasanta .
Mr. Satkadi Hota also appreciated intimate observation of Prasanta about problems of human life in Prasanta's stories, particularly in " Christmas " where an elderly once very affluent Anglo-Indian , John Hamilton , having no money to enjoy Christmas with his suffering wife Mery goes to buy mutton to fulfil her desire only with a 50 paise coin and hands over the coin to mutton vendor saying ," kutta ke liye meat do..man !"
In his speech Mr, Siumya Ranjan Patnaik, narrated Prasanta Patnaik as a successful photo-journalist and media person and hoped that his future writings would reflect the problems of the present society under corporate influence when only a limited families are becoming owners of maximum property at the cost of the peopled and the State.
Fiance Minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadei, admired the non-compromising attitude of Prasanta Patnaik in his personal as well as professional life. He is always with the common men and never spares anybody who acts against the interests of common men for which on several occasion, he has been victimised by the vested interests.
Speaking on the occassion, author Prasanta Patnaik said that almost all the characters of his stories are real and many of the stories are based on true incidents with little imagination. He thanked all his friends and readers for inspiring him for writing.
The book contains 144 pages is priced Rs 80.00 has been published by prestigious publication house, Cuttack Students Store. Mr. Nrusinha Prasad Mishra spoke on belief of the publishers and coordinated the meeting.
A large number of writers, painters, photographers, media persons and intellectuals joined the lokarpan ceremony.