CUTTACK: Eminent writer Manoj Das on Friday urged scholars to revisit Rajkishore Ray’s writings from a contemporary perspective.
A story-teller par excellence, Ray’s works are as relevant in the context of modern society as they were half a century back. His stories, vivid character sketches and depiction of the society display many layers which should be subject of research, Das said.
Speaking at the valedictory function of the year-long birth centenary celebration of the writer, Das said, “I have been hugely inspired by Ray’s writings. His contribution to Odia literature is unparalleled.”
Reminiscing his personal association with Ray as a student, Das said he was highly influenced by his conduct, discipline and humane approach as a teacher. A stern disciplinarian he was, but equally loving and affectionate towards his students, he added
Chief Speaker Adhyapak Biswaranjan said Ray was a multifaceted personality who was not only a master of literature but also equally accomplished actor and musician. At a time when acting, particularly by girls, was not regarded highly in the society, he encouraged his daughters to take to stage. His daughters Mahasweta Ray and Malavika Ray touched great heights in the field. His writings reflected the reformist that he was in real life, he added.
Dr Malavika Ray also reminisced about her father at the function. A book ‘Sateka Parbane Rajkishore’ was released on the occasion. Among others, Secretary of Utkal Sahitya Sammilani Dr Bijayananda Singh also spoke.