Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Bhubaneswar:
Dilip Mohapatra’s collection of Poems, ‘A Pinch of Sun’, was launched by famous Odia poet Shri Rajendra Kishore Panda in a simple yet impressive ceremony at Crown Hotel, Bhubaneswar on 24 June 2014. Admiral Salil Mohanty, Navy veteran was the Guest of Honour. Poets Shri Bibhu Padhi and Smt Mamata Dash were amongst other dignitaries and literati who graced the occasion and participated in reading some of the poems to the audience.
Dilip Mohapatra, a Navy Veteran started writing poems since the seventies and his recent poems have appeared in various literary journals like Muse India, Indian Review, Helix Magazine, Chiaroscuro Magazine, BlazeVOX, etc. His poems have also been featured in the World Poetry Yearbook 2013. His poems reflect his emotions, moods and memories and though deal with a variety of themes, have a unique style of their own. Ishmael Annobil, the editor of Chiaroscuro, a London based magazine says, ‘Dilip Mohapatra, Poet, Indian Navy veteran, and mentor, explores God and nature, even the denuding of the moon.
These new poems benefit from his acute facility for allegory, sinewy rhetoric, and aesthetics. His poems are often highly charged, poems that are at once lyric and ethereal in purpose and aura. They celebrate The Deity and sing a note for the hapless.’
He did his Masters in Physics at Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. During his MSc years he was inspired by his teacher Shri Jayanta Mahapatra, who was then an internationally acclaimed poet of repute and started venturing into poetry. Post Navy, he held senior leadership positions with the Tata and Suzlon groups of companies. Currently he is the Chief Mentor and Strategic Advisor to KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. He has three daughters, Madhumita, Sona and Pratichee and lives with his wife in Pune.
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