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KUNTALA KUMARI SABAT

........................Kuntala Kumari Sabat was born in backward province of Orissa Bastar in a place called Jagdalpur. Her grandfather was from a Brahmin family of Danda Mukundpur a village of Puri district. Her mother belonged to a Hindu ‘Karan’ family. Due to some unavoidable circumstances they had converted to Christians but still they did not leave the Hindu culture. Her father Daniel Sabat was a doctor. He was first staying at Bastar and later moved to Burma. Therefore Kuntala Kumari stayed with her father in Burma till the age of 14.

........................After returning from Burma she stayed in Khurda for sometime. She read in Revenshaw Girls School and later she passed her L.M.P. with distinction from Cuttack Medical School in 1921. She was also awarded with a Gold medal. After that she took her medical practice under the guidance of Dr. Kailash Chandra Rao from 1921 to 1928. Later she continued her practice independently in Cuttack. She was the first lady Doctor in Cuttack. She was the Lady Health visitor of Red Cross Society in 1925. In 1928 she left Cuttack and went to Delhi. She loved Dr. Kailash Chandra Rao and she got converted from christianity and adopted ‘Brahma Dharma’ to get married to Dr. Kailash. But she could not marry him. Later she got married to Krushna Prasad Das who was a ‘Brahmachari’ and a social reformer on 8th August 1928. She adopted ‘Arya Dharma’ for this. She was blessed with two sons and two daughters. At the time of her death she had only one son and one daughter alive.

........................ While she was studying in Cuttack Revenshaw Girls School she got award for her poem. She used to write right from her student career till her death. She wrote many poems like ‘Anjali’, ‘Uchhwas’, ‘Archana’, ‘Spuling’, ‘Awhan’, ‘Prem Chintamani’, ‘Oriyanka Kandana’ etc. Her novels include ‘Bhranti’, ‘Na Tundi’, ‘Kali Bohu’, ‘Parasmani’, ‘Raghu Arakhita’, ‘Chitrapat’ etc. Her poems comprised of patriotism, a description of flood and drought, sorrow of degradation of culture and awakening people for growth of culture. His novels comprised of family life, social stature, society culture etc. She was also a good writer in Hindi literature. Many institute of literature in Delhi had honored her as the ‘Leader of Indian Poets’. She had also gained expertise in Bengali, English and Burmese languages. To improve Oriya literature she formed an association called ‘Bharati Tapovan Sangha’ in Delhi. She was honored as “Utkal Bharati” by Mahila Bandhu Samiti in 1925. Many of her poems have been translated in different Indian languages and also in English. These poems have been praised by all.


Dated : 4/27/02

 



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