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country of citizenship:
British Raj, India
native language: Odia
language of expression: English, Odia
occupation: author, columnist, writer, poet, travel writer
award received: Sahitya Akademi Award, Saraswati Samman, Atibadi Jagannath Das award, Sarala Puraskar, Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award, Padma Shri in literature & education, Padma Bhushan
Manoj Das (born 27 February, 1934) is an Indian author who writes in Odia and English. In 2000, Manoj Das was awarded with Saraswati Samman. He was awarded Padma Shri in 2001, the fourth-highest Civilian Award in India, Padma Bhusan in 2020, the third highest Civilian Award in India for his contribution in the field of Literature & Education.
Kendra Sahitya Akademi has bestowed its highest award (also India's highest literary award) i.e Sahitya Akademi Award Fellowship.In 1971, his research in the archives of London and Edinburgh brought to light some of the little-known facts of India's freedom struggle in the first decade of the twentieth century led by Sri Aurobindo for which he received the first Sri Aurobindo Puraskar (Kolkata).
His deeper quest led him to mysticism and he has been an inmate of Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry since 1963 where he currently teaches English Literature and the Philosophy of Sri Aurobindo at the Sri Aurobindo International University.
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