ITANAGAR, Jan 15: A state of the art Fakir Mohan Senapati Museum will be set up in Fakir Mohan University (FMU) campus in Odisha to honour the legacy of Vyasa Kabi Fakir Mohan Senapati, vice chancellor Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo said on Wednesday.
The museum aims at recognizing the invaluable contributions of legendary figure of Odisha, one of the greatest poets, he told a large gathering of students, teachers and staffs during observation of his 179th birth anniversary, faculty member Moti Pangkham, an Arunachalee, told this daily over telephone.
Prof. Sahoo along with his colleagues and students visited birth place of the poet at Balasore in the morning and offered floral tributes. But realising that present the museum located inside the city was not accessible to public, he said that the contributions of the poet should be known beyond the boundaries of Odisha. Thus, he advocated highlighting his contributions in Odiya, English and Hindi for the people across the nation to know him.
A life size statue will be built in the university campus to draw attention of the visitors as well as popularize him. The statue could be built in Remuna campus of the FMU, located along the National Highway.
He also exhorted the students and faculty members to make concerted efforts to put FMU on the global map. Late Senapati had worked under adverse situation using only fountain pen to earn fame for Odiya literature 150 years ago reflecting his caliber, he said, and wondered why we are unable to produce a another Fakir Mohan Senapati in present technology driven modern world? Thus, he advised the students to work out of box with creativity toeing the footprints of legendry Senapati.
Senapati, who was born in 1856, as a poet, philosopher and social reformer had played a leading role in establishing distinct identity of Odia language to be regarded as ‘Father of Odia’ nationalism and modern Odia literature for which he was described by King Mayadhar Mansingh as Thomas Hardy of Odisha.
His famous novel Chha Maana Atha Guntha is first Indian novel to deal with the exploitations of landless peasants by the feudal lord. It was written much before the October revolution of Russia or much before emergence of Marxist ideas in India. He is also writer of the first autobiography in Odia – Atma Jeebana Charitas.Some of his much admired short stories are Patent Medicine, Daka Munshi and Adharma Bitta. He had written a long poem Utkala Bhramana (Tour of Odisha), first appeared in 1892