The Poet & Author

dilip-mohapatra-photo2Dilip Mohapatra was born on 26 Jan 1950 in Angul (Odisha state of India), where his father Dr Raghunath Mohapatra was serving the Govt. as a Veterinary Surgeon. He spent his early childhood with his grandparents in a nearby village Kandhal and he owes his initial grooming to his grandfather Pandit Anant Charan Mohapatra, an administrator in the court of the King of Talcher, an erstwhile princely state.

He had his school education in Ravenshaw Collegiate Higher Secondary School at Cuttack followed by  his higher education in Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, from where he passed out with a first class Masters degree in Physics.

He joined the Indian Navy as a commissioned officer in Education Branch thereafter and served for 28 years in various leadership capacities ashore and afloat. He rose to the rank of a Commodore and in 2000 he sought premature retirement and hung his boots. He was decorated with the President’s Vishsist Seva Medal (VSM) for distinguished services rendered in 1997. This medal is considered equivalent to the civilian National Award Padmashri.

He pursued a corporate career with the Tata and Suzlon Groups  of companies in various leadership positions till 2011 and then decided to free himself from active professional life. He, however continues to contribute as a catalyst for organisational transformation on demand, and engages himself in high end coaching, mentoring and leadership training. He is currently the Chief Mentor and Strategic Advisor to KIIT School of Management, Bhubaneswar
and acts as a catalyst for organisational transformation.

His poetic journey began way back in the seventies , inspired by his Physics professor Jayanta Mahapatra, who has carved a niche for himself as a renowned bilingual poet of national and international repute. Few of his earlier poems appeared in magazines like the good old Illustrated Weekly of India, The Quest, The Mirror and The Grey Book, edited by Jayanta Mahapatra.

His engagement with the Navy however did not permit him to pursue his poetic interests with the fervour he started with, and he went into a sort of hibernation. However he continued to write professional articles for Defence Management and some HR & Leadership journals worldwide. He also edited few in house magazines for the Navy and the companies in which he served.

The Author during his younger days
The Author during his younger days

In 2014, his old college friend Bibhu Padhi, who is an accomplished poet and translator, a retired English Professor, with nine poetry books and one novel to his credit, came across one of his latest poems and stoked the latent sparks in him to write again. Almost with a volcanic vigour he unleashed his pent up creativity, to come up with two poetry collections, A Pinch of Sun & Other Poems, and Different Shades during the year, both published by Authorspress India. Both the books have done well and were listed as Best Sellers under Poetry Category in His poetry has been extensively published in many national and international literature journals which include New English Review, Indian Review, Contemporary Literary Review of India, Muse India, Kavya Bharati, BlazeVox, Chairoscuro, Statesman Special Edition and the World Poetry Yearbook 2013 and 2014.

This year his poetry has appeared in few anthologies like Just for You, MyLove: An Anthology of Love Poems published by Global Fraternity of Poets, Rhymes & Rhythms by First Step Piblishing and are lined up for few more anthologies under compilation.

An old photo of the author with his spouse Nayantara
An old photo of the author with his spouse

His third Poetry Collection titled Another Look, has just been published by Authorspress, New Delhi and is on the stands and is available on e-retailers’ sites. A formal launch of this book is planned at Press Club of India, Delhi on 23 August. He now plans to embark on a fiction project.

He lives with his wife Nayantara at Pune and is blessed with three daughters, Madhumita, Sona and Pratichee and a granddaughter, Ira.