Bhubaneswar: Eminent litterateur Prof. Khageswar Mahapatra passed away at 6 AM here on Wednesday. He was 83.
Mahapatra, a native of Jajpur district, was the former head of Odia department, Shantiniketan and founder of Odia department in Delhi University.
In early ’70s he was part of socio-cultural life in New Delhi, being a life member of Odia Samaj and Sree Neelachala Seva Sangha,Delhi.
He was also a linguist and scholar and was Director of State Institute of Tribal Studies, Bhubaneswar in the 1990s.
He was a gold medalist from Ravenshaw University.
Mahapatra was honoured with many awards, including a Odisha Sahitya Akademi award, for his outstanding contribution to the filed of literature.