Subhendu Mund, Noted Odia Poet and Translator, Dies at 70

Renowned Odia poet and translator Subhendu Mund, who was also associated with numerous academic and literary institutions, has died at the age of seventy.

He suffered from a cardiac arrest of which he could not recover. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Minister of Petroleum Dharmendra Pradhan expressed their grief at the news of his passing away. “Pray to God for the departed soul and offer my condolences to the bereaved family,” Patnaik tweeted.

Mund is survived by his wife Pranati, two sons and a daughter. A native of Kalahandi district, Mund started his career in 1973 as an English lecturer. He retired in 2009 as the Principal of BJB Autonomous College. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Berhampur University, Master’s from Sambalpur University, pursued his PhD at Utkal University besides Aberdeen University, Scotland. Highly revered in his field, he was also a visiting professor to the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Management, IIT Bhubaneswar.

Mund was the Chief Editor of the Indian Journal of World Literature and Culture, Vice-President of the Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies and Chairman of the Association for Studies in Literature and Culture. Even in academia, his domain of work span from critical essays, book reviews, translations and more. He leaves behind a legacy as the author of 40 books and has almost a hundred research papers to his credit.

Mund’s death comes immediately in the wake of another death of a stalwart in this field, Manoj Das. Both of them had a penchant for Indian English literature, and their creative and critical thinking was unparalleled. His anthology of Odia poems, Shabda Nishabda, Muhurtatie Mohini and Swapnabarta are widely read. He was also a co-compiler of Sambalpuri Odia Shabdakosha.

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