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"Sarojini Sahoo is following very strong lines of feminism and has touched almost all issues of feminism in her writings. Sarojini Sahoo (b. 1956) - Indian feminist writer, is considered India's equivalent of Simone de Beauvoir":- Rati Saxena

Background Information

Well known for her frankness,Sarojini Sahoo, is a prime figure and trendsetter of feminism in contemporary Oriya literature. For her; feminism is not a gender problem or any confrontational attack on male hegemony. She accepts feminism as a total entity of female hood, which is completely separate from the man’s world. She writes with a greater consciousness of women bodies, which would create a more honest and appropriate style of openness, fragmentation and non-linearity. Her fictions always project a feminine sensibility from puberty to menopause. The feminine feelings like restrictions in the adolescence, the pregnancy, the fear factors like being raped or being condemned by society and the concept of a bad girl etc always have the thematic exposure in her novels and short stories.


Birth Place
Dhenkanal,Orissa,  INDIA

In English ,one novel and two anthologies of short stories have been published to her credit so far . Bengali translation of two of her novels have been published from Bangladesh. Malayalam version of her novel 'The Dark Abode' has also been translated by Prameela K.P. and published by Chintha Publishers of Thiruvanthapuram.Her ideas on feminism make her debatable and have been anthologised in her book 'Sensible Sensuality' published by Authors Press, Delhi.In Oriya ,there are eight short stories collections and eight novels in published form to her credit.
She has been widely translated and published in different Indian languages. Her stories have been included in anthologies published by Harper Collins, National Book Trust ,Gnanapith and Sahitya Akademi.Once she was also the editor of Oriya Literary Magazine the Pallaba and fiction oriented English timely journal the Breakthrough. Now she acts as Associate Editor for a feature oriented National magazine Indian AGE and also in the advisory board of Indian Journal of Post Colonial Literature; published from the English Department of Newman College, Thodupuzah, Kerala.

She has been conferred with the Orissa Sahitya Academy Award, 1993, the Jhankar Award, 1992, the Bhubaneswar Book Fair Award and the Prajatantra Award.

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She has been enlisted among 25 exceptional women of India by the Kindle magazine of Kolkata, in its March 2010 Issue for her ideas of femininity. Delhi Doordarshan, the National Channel of India has featured her life style and creations in its special tele-serial “Literary Postcard .”

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Belpahar College, Belpahar JHARSUGUSA
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Indian Feminst Writer :Sarojini Sahoo
On Sunday, October 26, 2008 , The Sunday Tribune of India wrote: “ she is considered the Judith Butler and Virginia Woolf of contemporary Oriya literature. And yet for her, feminism is not just about battling male hegemony. For Dr Sarojini Sahoo, an award winning Oriya writer, feminism is linked with the sexual politics of women. She refutes the limits that patriarchy places on female sexual expression and identifies women’s sexual liberation as the real motive behind the women’s movement.” She has had an illustrious literary career. Though she is a bilingual writer, she prefers to write her creative writings in Oriya and her critical appraisal in English . She has been widely translated and published in different Indian languages. Her stories have been included in anthologies published by Harper Collins, National Book Trust ,Gnanapith and Sahitya Akademi. She is the first Oriya writer to have novels translated and published from Bangladesh. Gambhiri Ghara (The Dark Abode) was a bestseller in Bangladesh when it was published under the title Mithya Gerosthali. Her stories have been translated into Bengali, English and French. She is also perhaps the only Oriya woman writer to have dealt with lesbian sex in her story, ‘Behind the Scene’ (Nepathya). The New York Times web portal once wrote in her favour that : as an Indian feminist, Dr. Sarojini Sahoo has written extensively about the interior lives of women and how their burgeoning sexuality is seen as a threat to traditional patriarchal societies. Her novels and short stories treat women as sexual beings and probe culturally sensitive topics such as rape, abortion and menopause from a female perspective.

Sarojini Sahoo :Wikipedia URL
Sarojini Sahoo (Oriya: ସରୋଜିନୀ ସାହୁ) (born 1956) is an Orissa Sahitya Academy Award winner[1] Indian feminist writer, a columnist in The New Indian Express[3] and associate editor of Chennai based English magazine Indian AGE, who has been enlisted among 25 Exceptional Women of India by ‘Kindle’ English magazine of Kolkata. Born in the small town of Dhenkanal in Orissa (India), Sahoo earned her MA and PhD degrees in Oriya Literature and a Bachelor of Law from Utkal University. She now teaches at a degree college in Belpahar, Jharsuguda, Orissa. She is the second daughter of Ishwar Chandra Sahoo and the late Nalini Devi and is married to Jagadish Mohanty, a veteran writer of Orissa. She has a son and a daughter.

Sarojini's Blog
She is also a known blogger for her ideas in feminism and has gained world wide fame. Her Blogs are SENSE & SENSUALITY, FEMININE-FRAGRANCE and INDIA

Red Room
This site contains more of Sahoo's creation and other info.

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