ABOUT US

Fakir Mohan Foundation was registered in Delhi, Jan-2011, Regn. No. 21/Book No. 4, Vol No. 1, 438 / Page 77 to 97,
Dt. 13.01.2011 /Sub-Registrar VII, New Delhi.

BIO-NOTE - VYASA KAVI FAKIR MOHAN SENAPATI (1843-1918)

Fakir Mohan Senapati is a giant in the field of Indian literature who belonged to Odisha. He created a revolution in novel writing by departing from the romantic idiom and writing on social realism. His portrayal of the common man and his concerns predated those of Prem Chand and Rabindra Nath Tagore, the other giants of Indian literature, as noted in Prof Sisir Das’s work, ‘The History of Indian Literature’. His writings had elements which apart from promoting secular attitudes, helped bring about social changes, to which he also contributed directly as the dewan of some of the princely states of Odisha, in British India. Odisha is the first state in India to have been established on the basis of its language, for which he laid the groundstone. He infact fought against various odds to save the language from exstnction, and is hailed as the father of Modern Odia literature. Fakir Mohan’s writing speaks to us today with the same urgency and freshness as when he set down his words with a quill pen over a century ago. Fakir Mohan Senapati can, in the truest sense, be dubbed as the Renaissance man.

Annual Report of Fakir Mohan Foundation (FMF)’s Activities in last 5 years

The foundation proposes to carry out its work under three categories or wings of FMF, viz Language & Culture, Socio-Economic Development and Education for Empowerment. The issue of mother languages is uppermost on the FMF agenda. It has in this ‘Manav Dharma’ (religion of humanism) as an important element, since FMF considers it as integral to the learning of mother languages.

We have already put in our appeal to the post & telegraphs department Government of India for bringing out a stamp on Manav Dharma with Fakir Mohan’s picture and name. We have a logo prepared on the theme and have been using it for all our major events, besides the main FMF logo.

  • Fakir Mohan Foundation in collaboration with the Govt of Odisha, Department of Culture and Tourism presented a theatre cum dance rendition of Fakir Mohan Senapati's radical social  novel "Six Acres and a Third ' (1902) - ‘Chhamana Atha Guntha’ on 4th JAN, 2012 at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
  • Several discussions sessions /seminars concerning the following have been organized in the course of last five years:
  • Language issue (mother tongue).
  • Humanism – Manav Dharma.
  • Environment – Rivers of Odisha.

All this can be borne out from the website (www.fakirmohanfoundation.com).

  • Workshops (specially structured) – First one was held on 5th of February 2012 in Apeejay School, Saket, New Delhi, followed by various other workshops in Government schools & slums of Delhi.
  • In 2013, a seminar was organized on ‘Manav Dharam’ (Humanism) by Fakir Mohan Foundation in collaboration with Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women Studies, Jamia Milia Islamia University and Fakir Mohan Foundation. Dr. Monica Das, Managing Trustee of Fakir Mohan Foundation presented the concept note of ‘MANAV DHARAM.  Dr. Karan Singh was the chief guest and Dr. S.Y. Quraishi was the keynote speaker. Dr. T.K Oomen was one of the main speakers.
  • A dance drama based on FM Senapati’s ‘Chha Mana Atha Guntha’ was staged through Odissi dance & Hindi/ Odiya/ English narration in Sahid Bhawan Cuttack (Incidentally this was staged in Habitat Centre, Delhi as well) . Eminent artistes Sharon Lorwen Kavita Dwivedi, Tom Alter (film artist from Bollywood) participated in this rendition. This was presided over by the former Chief Justice of India Gopal Ballabh Patnaik and Dr. Pratibha Ray were the guest of Honour where she was felicitated by Dr. Monica Das on behalf of Fakir Mohan Foundation.
  • Fakir Mohan Foundation has framed and contributed a module to Community Government Participation Initiative (CGPI) Project of the Government of Odisha. The module has in principal been approved. The intended beneficiaries for this were the people in the rural sector.
  • We have also launched a program with Spic Macay for interfacing workshops on the usefulness of leaning mother languages with the performing arts of India. The first being the forte of FMF and the other being the forte of Spic Macay. The first of the series was held on 27th of March, 2014 at 4pm, at Maulana Azad Medical College, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi. Prof. Namwar Singh, Chancellor of Wardha Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Gujarat delivered his talk on the issue and the Managing Trustee, FMF Dr. Monica Das gave the introductory speech. This was intended to be replicated in many states of India and the proposed flagship program to be carried out in Odisha. The intended beneficiaries for this are the present day youth whose interest as well as their use of the mother languages is on a rapid decline. The idea is to revive their interest in this regard.
  • FMF has also organized talks on the mother languages issue titled ‘Bahu Bhashi Bharat-Ek-Chintan’ at other venues as well.
  • press conference was held in Bhubneswar Club, Odisha (pictures posted on website) on promoting the concept of Prachira Patra (wall magazine) in different schools of Odisha under the title “Bhasa Bahika”. This also included elements of “Manav Dharma”, a concept introduced by Monica Das as one of our mission statements. It is about learning humanism through language & literature. Among the eminent litterateurs who participated were Hara Prasad Dash, Dash Benhur, GK Dash and many others. A memorandum is intended to be handed over to the government for its consideration/implementation.
  • FMF has a tie-up with AIIS (American Institute of Indian Studies), New Delhi for routing foreign scholars through FMF for research on Fakir Mohan Senapati or on some Odisha related issue.
  • Film screening on Fakir Mohan Senapati was held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
  • In the year 2015, a film screening on Fakir Mohan Senapati 2nd time along with discussion panel titled Odiya Identity and Fakir Mohan Senapati was held at India International Centre, New Delhi under the auspices of Odisha Forum New Delhi. Mr. J.P. Das, the eminent litterateur chair the session and the other panelist were Sumnayu Satpathi, Professor Delhi Unversity (Deptt. of English) and Dr. Monica Das, Delhi University and Chairperson Fakir Mohan Foundation, New Delhi. Dr. Das spoke specifically on the making of the film.
  • OSA (Odisha Society of Americas) invited Dr. Monica Das to screen the film in Dallas, USA. 200 copies were sold by Doordarshan, Delhi to NROs in USA.
  • She has lectured in OSA (Odisha Society for Americas) held in Seattle on the topic of everyday use of mother tongue/ use of ‘Dhaga-Dhamali’ – Upholding our heritage and getting to our roots. The intended beneficiaries are the nonresident Odiyas and their children.
  • The film ‘Anvesan’ was also screened in Dallas and Seattle, USA. On the request of Dr. Monica Das, chairperson, Fakir Mohan Foundation, 200 copies of the film were made and sold by Doordarshan to NRO’s. She was invited to speak on the making of the film in USA.
  • On 29.01.2016 a Collaborative program along with Fakir Mohan University, Balasore was held in the University with the Vice Chancellor of the University presiding on the occasion. A three day long function was held in Fakir Mohan University where scholors and experts on Fakir Mohan studies were invited from different parts of the country to speak on various aspects of Fakir Mohan. Dr. Monica Das also spoke on another session about the foundation and her association with the Fakir Mohan Senapati lineage.
  • A heritage centre was opened within the premises of Fakir Mohan University in the year 2016 in the presence of Dr. Monica Das, Chairperson Fakir Mohan Foundation.
  • A three episode TV program with children from five different schools in DD, BBSR was telecast in 2015. It was on the topic of FM’s literature – whether FM Senapati was read by school children of Odisha – the extent of their exposure to this. It was an interactive three day session with leading litterateurs of Odisha including Pratibha Ray and Das Benhur participating in it. Dr. Monica Das was also a part of it. The recording is available with the FM Foundation.
  • The Film titled “Anvesan” was made by Dr. Monica Das (Chair-person, Fakir Mohan Foundation (FMF)) on Fakir Mohan Senapati’s life & works. This was sponsored by Doordarshan. Later a DVD was made on it, sponsored by Doordarshan Archives & Prasar Bharti, Delhi.
  • Monica Das had been visiting Balasore a number of times for the shooting of the film.
  • Film won the National Television Award for being best docu-drama tele-film of the year. It is being screened by DD Odisha from time to time. The intended beneficiaries for this are the present young generation and the future progeny in general. The idea is to educate and inculcate values concerning our heritage and roots, besides instilling in them ideals that come from towering personalities like Fakir Mohan Senapati and a few others through their contribution to the cause of language literature and society.
  • Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik & CEO Prasar Bharti felicitated Dr. Monica Das at a special function held in Rabindra Mandap, BBSR for her film ‘Anvesan’.
  • Dr.  Monica Das has conceptualized the theme of the film and has also narrated & acted in the film.
  • An indepth research preceded the filming. Reconnaissance as well. This entailed frequent trips to Odisha on her part.
  • Besides the film, a few other short films have been produced by FMF and Monica Das on FM Senapati’s novels.
  • Dr. Monica Das has done the script for video CD on Odissi brought out by Prasar Bharti. It was released in the above mentioned function.
  • A musical DVD titled ‘Mohana Moorchhana’ has been brought out on Fakir Mohan Senapati’s poems. It is supposed to be a musical/vocal rendition of Fakir Mohan Senapati’s poems. The vocalists taking part in this are Pranab Patnaik, Adyasha Das, Monica Das, Sangita Gosain and Namrata Mohanty.
  • In 2016, Department of Culture, Govt. of Odisha in a special function held in Jaydev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar under the auspices Biju Centenary Celebrations screened the film ‘Anvesan’ directed by Dr. Monica Das. In the same function the musical DVD on Fakir Mohan’s poems was presented. This was produced by Dr. Monica Das.
  • FMF had a tie up with Spic Macay where Monica Das had proposed a language interface with dance performance. The first program was helin Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi & subsequent programmes were held in Sai International School, BBSR & XIMB. Dr. Kiran Seth, chairman and founder of Spic Macay, Barada Das (eminent literature) & Monica Das were the panelists. In Maulana Azad, Professor Namvar Singh and Monica Das had addressed the students and faculty members.
  • Dr. Monica Das was invited on 14th January 2015 by Balasore FM Sahitya Parishad for sharing memories of living in FM’s Balasore house and FM’s house in Cuttack as well as memories concerning interacting with FM’s daughter-in-law Smt. Hiranprabha Senapati (Mohini Mohan Senapati’s wife and Monica Das’s grandmother). She was also asked to talk about Fakir Mohan Foundation at length.
  • Dr. Monica Das received an award from Minister Debi Prasad Mishra at a function held under the auspices of Non Resident Odiya Facilitation Center in February, 2016. The inscription on the award says “Recognizes Mrs. Monica Das for her outstanding contribution in preserving and promoting Fakir Mohan’s Heritage”.
  • Dr. Monica Das had submitted a petition on behalf of FMF to the erstwhile culture minister Shri Maheshwar Mohanty about taking up the matter of maintainence of Fakir Mohan house along with relics associated with FM Senapati that exists in Bakhrabad, Cuttack. This however, should be in consultation and in compliance with the present owner/occupant of the said house.
  • A conference on cultural diversity and bio-diversity in collaboration is being planned.

In 2017, Justice Ananga Patnaik took over as Patron FMF and has been extremely supportive though his philanthropic gestures and valuable advice. Meetings were held with him in 2016.

  • His support helped us to constitute an editorial board. The first meeting of board was held in Mayfair Convention Centre, Bhubaneswar in 2016. This was headed by Dr. Nirmalkanti Bhattarcharjee (Former Director, NBT). The proactive members for this compilation work on Fakir Mohan studies were Professor Jatin Das Utkal University, Mr. Dash Benhur, Bhubaneswar, Asit Mohanty, Prof. Debendra Dash, (Erudite Scholar), Prof. Rabi Dash of Viswa Bharti University, Shanti Niketan and Dr. Monica Das (Chairperson, Fakir Mohan Foundation). The intended beneficiaries for this are the academia, the youth and the future generation.
  • In 2016, Dr. S.K. Dash of Minnesota, USA has very kindly given a humble donation to the foundation which will help the foundation in carrying out some of its projects. FMF is grateful to these people for their valuable support in furthering FM Senapati’s legacy of bringing about positive changes in society and enriching the society and particularly its youth in general.

Regards,
Monica Das.
(Chairperson, FMF)

 

Fakir Mohan Foundation has two focal points apart from other things.

1. Carrying out the legacy of Fakir Mohan Senapati.

2. Carrying out the mission concerning the language issue.

“A language is not just words it’s a culture, a tradition, a unification of a community, a whole history that creates what a community is. Its all embodied in a language.”
- Naom Chomsky

“To be ignorant of what occurred of before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history.”
- Cicero, Quator (46 BC)

Vyasa kavi Fakir Mohan Senapati (1843-1918) in whose name the foundation has been instituted belonged to Odisha. His life & works have been documented by Doordarshan Archives / Prasar Bharti, Govt. of India, in a DVD format.

The English translation of one of his major works / novel ‘Six Acres & Third’ has recently been brought out by Penguin. Fakir Mohan Senapati’s writings are more than 100 years old and yet have a strong contemporary relevance.  

Besides, Fakir Mohan Senapati also saved the Odiya language from extinction & gave the Odiyas their identity. He is hailed as the father of Modern Odiya literature & is a household name in Odisha.  Language is an integral part of culture & heritage but unfortunately the use of the mother tongue and the regional languages is dying out amongst the youth, not only in Odisha but in many states of India. The foundation believes that in order to understand one’s roots / culture & heritage, it is necessary to understand one’s language / mother tongue.

The use of language  in  Odisha is in a very deplorable state. Statistics reveals that only  33%  of students use the language in  their formal education . Besides, linked to the language issue  is the economic issue. Infact many of the Economic policy practitioners in International financial institutions like the World bank and the IMF have begun to look towards cultural factors as key variables explaining successful transition strategies. Language is Synchretic and is  more than just words. So the language movement is   from all aspects a viable proposition .

Our mission is to protect preserve & promote the language with the help of academic as well as cultural initiatives (revival of certain traditional arts). It is proposed hereby that the Odisha initiative be made into a flagship project and later extended pan Indian. Recently on the 4th of January, 2012 an event was organized, by our foundation at the Habitat Centre, to formally launch the foundation. A cultural program based on his novel “six acres and a third was presented with an interface with classical Odissi dance and theatre.  Among the artistes were Sharon Lowen, Kavita Dwibedi and the eminent thespian Tom Alter. This was highly acclaimed by the dignitaries as well as the audience who were present in large numbers. Odisha incidentally is the first state to have been established on the basis of language.

FAKIR MOHAN FOUNDATION: FMF Committed to Globalising Fakir Mohan Senapati’s Legacy

Mission Statement

The Fakir Mohan Foundation is a tribute to the heritage of Odisha with special focus on the legacy of Fakir Mohan Senapati the leading light of Indian literature. The foundation will work (globally, nationally and in Odisha), to deepen and sharpen people’s understanding of the rich socio- cultural roots and identity of its people. The foundation will also aspire to preserve, protect and promote the quintessential character of Odiya language and literature traditions, build social capital and human values among the youth and in particular address women’s issues in order to help women emerge as agents of change.

Objectives of the foundation:-

To undertake ‘Save the Language’ project. This is in view of the diminishing love for Odiya language for reasons of greater use of English and Hindi in the present times.

To work towards promoting visibility of upcoming and talented Odiyas, from different fields, at the national as well as the international sphere.

Promoting excellence amongst the youth of Odisha.

Promoting, amongst the youth, humanitarian values, helping them rise above class/cast/religious divisions, encouraging environmental consciousness promoting moral values. This is proposed to be done at the school level through talks/quiz programmes and street Plays/Jatra/Daskathia.

Instilling amongst the youth the pride of being an Odiya.

To take up socio economic issues with particular focus on women and children. The health concerns regarding the above two groups will be of prime emphasis. Addressing the issue of rising under age marriages and its concomitant bigamy, both of which have an adverse effect on the Human Development Index (HDI) and Gender Development Index (GDI).

Addressing environmental issues and taking up the cleaning of water bodies/rivers. Tie up with the International organisation ‘ROW’ (Rivers of the world) to this effect.

Promote/revive the dying arts like the Jatra “Daskhatia” and use it for social marketing.

Try to bring to the notice of the cognoscenti’ the beauty and substance of Odissi music and try to accord Odissi music its due status at the national level.

To project the fact that Odissi dance which is highly acclaimed globally is inextricably linked to Odissi music. Odissi dance sans its traditional music is a non grata. To carry forward this mission through Odissi dance.

To take up the issue of child labour from a cultural perspective. Much has been voiced and aired on the topic of child labour but it has been reduced to just some laboured lamentation. It is time that we revisit the issue and see it through the cultural lens. It would serve the twin objectives of having a cultural continuity along with economic regeneration with a difference. The idea should be not to condemn child labour as such and ban it outright instead to be pragmatic enough to put it in the right perspective. What is proposed here is that children of artisans, weavers, potters and craftsmen can be encouraged to be engaged in the family business, learn the traditional skills in the secure confines of their home & in due course carry forward and enhance these traditions over time.

Fakir Mohan’s secular ideals to be instilled in young minds. This is of particular importance in the present times. The ‘Sarvadharma Samanvay.’ pillar that he built in Shantikanan, Balasore, Odisha in the above name, stands testimony to what he believed besides what he practised.

A Note of Acknowledgment from the Managing Trustee of Falir Mohan Foundation (FMF)

The Hon’ble Minister, Culture & Tourism Govt. of Odisha, Mr. Prafulla Samal and his Principal Secretary Mr. A.K. Tripathy (IAS) have indeed been gracious to have supported us in a big way. We owe our debt of gratitude to them. Mr. P.R. Mohapatra, P.S. to the minister has acted as one of the important links in our various communications. My special thanks to him.

Mr. Lalit Mansingh, IFS, Former Ambassador to the USA has always been a pillar of strength for FMF. His intrinsic connection with Fakir Mohan goes back to his father, Shri. Mayadhar Mansinha, whose evocative critical biography of Fakir Mohan Senapati brought out by Sahitya Academy under the ‘Makers of Indian Literature Series’ has been instrumental in creating an awareness of this Literary Giant to the non Oriya Reader. Mr. Lalit Mansingh has spared time from his busy schedule to give time to FMF. The maturity of his thoughts and experience, have been and will continue to be a guiding force for FMF.

I deeply acknowledge the support rendered by the following, without whose association the foundation would not have been able to take off  the way it has. They have from time to time lent support to the foundation each in their own way. I as the Managing Trustee owe a deep sense of gratitude to all. It would be a grave act of omission if I do not mention the special contribution made by the core committee members - Dr. Anjana Neira Dev, Associate Professor, Gargi College, Delhi University, Mr. Amarendra Khatua, IFS. , Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs,  Government of India,  Dr. Bulbul Dhar- James, Director, Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies & Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia and  Ms. Borsha Paricha, Director Programmes, National Foundation for India - the four solid blocks of the foundation. I really cannot thank them enough.

My deep appreciation to Mr. Amarendra Khatua, Besides being a Trustee, he has spearheaded the myriad activities in the run up to today’s event.  Fakir Mohan Foundation (FMF) has come this far thanks to his invaluable guidance and support, right from the conceptualization, evolution to the execution of the idea of FMF. His infectious zeal and encouragement, indeed his personal involvement, has meant a lot to us. He is the prime mover of FMF.

Mr. S.C. Nanda, Senior Advocate, Supreme court of India, has been instrumental in helping us lay the first brick of the Fakir Mohan Foundation by way of legal support. His unswerving support has been an immense source of strength to me personally and to the foundation. It has been a pleasure to work with Mr. S.C. Nanda who’s kind disposition and personality, smoothly streamlined the process of making of FMF. My heartfelt gratitude for him. I wish to thank Ms. Sharon Lowen, Odisi dance exponent, not just for regularly attending the meetings of the foundation, but contributing by way of providing constructive ideas for carrying out the cultural and developmental activities of the foundation.

Shree Subijoy Dutta, Scientist, Rivers of the World (ROW) Foundation, Maryland USA is a well known crusader in the fight for saving the river ‘Yamuna’. Shree Dutta and ROW’s association with FMF has been through the ‘Daya River, Odisha sensitization programme’, that was initiated in the summer months of 2011. It has been a very successful collaborative endeavour that we are proud of. We consider it our good fortune to be associated with him & the ROW (Rivers of the World) foundation.

Mr. Nirmal Bhattacharya, Director of K.K. Birla Foundation, has been a great help in the collection of articles from Sahitya Akademi, for publication in the FMF souvenir.  I would also like to put on record my gratitude to Sahitya Akademi for giving their consent to publish articles relating to Fakir Mohan Senapati in the FMF souvenir. Mr. Surajit Bhattacharya has been a big moral support and proffered help. We solicit his association for future endeavours. Dr. Pulin Nayak, Professor, Delhi School of Economics, has been reassuring scholastic presence through the FMF deliberations. His Academic clarity and vast experience is a source that we draw from, for our socio- economic developmental projects.

FMF’s warm appreciation to all the major sponsors & contributors like Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers,  American Institute of Indian Studies, Gurgaon (AIIS), Noida Special Economic Zone (NSEZ), Govt. of India, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, R.D.S. Management Services Pvt. Ltd., Central Bank of India, Vishakhapattnam. We also acknowledge the support received from Shri Satyanand Mishra, Shri D.N. Kar, Shri Manas Ray, Shri Prasana Das, Shri C.K. Jain, Shri Suresh Misra, Shri T.K. Misra, Shri S.N. Acharya, Shri Deepak Mishra. The foundation will remain grateful and hopes that they would continue to lent support in the future as well. My special thanks to Smt. Kalyani Mishra  & Sh. P.N. Misra, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court for patronizing our organization in a big way. 

For the incredible ambience, our special appreciation to the India Habitat Centre. IHC’s support of FMF and the cause that we stand for has reaffirmed IHC’s social commitment. FMF deeply appreciates the land mark venue provided and the support and cooperation of  Renu Oberoi, Monica Bhandari Chandrima, Shivani Darbari, amongst others at the India Habitat Centre. 

Mr. Sarat Raut, former minister of Culture, Govt. of Odisha has silently helped FMF from behind the scenes. He has been proactive in many ways. And the foundation is immensely grateful to him. Mr. Kishore Dwibedi has also extended help and the foundation wishes to acknowledge that.

Once again we profusely thank Mr. Prafulla Samal, Minister, Culture & Tourism, Government of Odisha & Hon’ble Minister Srikant Jena for the patronage to FMF’s efforts of disseminating information, to promote Odisha at the national level and the great contribution made by Fakir Mohan Senapati to the world of literature and socio-economic thought.

I consider myself extremely fortunate to have Dr. Anjana Dev, my friend and colleague from Gargi College, associated with FMF right from its genesis. Her support and constructive encouragement, pleasant demeanor combined with a highly developed sense of commitment makes her a rare person. Her meticulous way of putting together all the relevant material and editing the text is visible in the layout and content of the FMF souvenir that is being presented before you today. At a personal level, apart from other things she has been a big moral support.

I wish to express my deep appreciation to Dr. Bulbul Dhar- James, for the precious time she has devoted on the publicity of the inaugural event of FMF as well as all the editorial help for the Souvenir. Her enthusiasm is incredibly infectious and   a motivating element for many. I would also like to acknowledge Bulbul’s contribution in disseminating information on the relevance of Fakir Mohan’s work and the many a collaborative activities like Workshops, Lectures, Panel Discussions planned with FMF and Academic Community in the near future many.  I would further like to mention here, that the logo of ‘Manav Dharma’ has been designed by her daughter, Malaika Dhar- James. It is designated as our event logo and we shall use it for all events of the foundation.  Bulbul has contributed in many ways and I personally and FMF considers her an asset.

It is the very proficient Ms.Borsha Paricha who has facilitated the venue for all our monthly meetings at the India Habitat Centre. The Seminar on ‘Save the Yamuna River’, an FMF and ROW collaborative endeavour was also held in NFI, IHC. It would be quite in place to mention here that the first seed of the FMF was sown here in the Habitat Centre with the initial prompting and encouragement from the two sisters Ms. Jhanjha Tripathy, Director Ministry of Railways and Borsha Paricha. It is perhaps their motivation that has helped me to take the final plunge and take voluntary retirement from my job as an Associate Professor in Economics, Gargi College, Delhi University and go ahead with the registration of the Fakir Mohan Foundation (FMF). Indeed I their value association very much.

I would like to put on record my appreciation and blessings for Anupam Mishra,  for having designed the FMF logo. His sensitivity and creativity is reflected beyond designing, in directorial (Films) ventures that he is engaged with. Thanks are also due to  Mr. Birendra Pani & Sarat Nayak for designing & making the portrait of Fakir Mohan Senapati. I thank Ms. Nivedita Giri Pradhan, Lecturer, Delhi University, for taking on the responsibility of doing the event management with utmost sincerity.  I as Managing Trustee of Fakir Mohan Foundation consider myself highly fortunate to have succeeded in garnering support from various quarters

That Fakir Mohan Senapati has pioneered literary creations in India on social realism is undisputed but what is most important is for us is to note is the contemporary relevance of the genre of his work from poems, essays, novels, short stories, to autobiography.  His writings echo the voice of the masses, the marginalized, disadvantages including women and girls.

We are highly grateful to the then Director General Doordarshan Dr. S.Y. Quraishi, presently the Chief Election Commissioner, who realized the value of the film project on Fakir Mohan Senapati since he is also a man of letters himself. Dr. Quraishi helped with the sponsorship from Doordarshan for the film ‘Anvesan’ and hence the life and works of Fakir Mohan Senapati could be documented for posterity and for all the world to view the remarkable contribution made by this man called Fakir Mohan. Incidentally Dr. Quraishi refers to Fakir Mohan Senapati as the ‘Ghalib’ of Odisha.

I thank that all who have contributed their bit in helping to make the event a grand success, Fakir Mohan Foundation solicits their good wishes in carrying forward its mission.

Monica Das
(Great Grand Daughter of Fakir Mohan Senapati)
Professor, Delhi University (formerly) &
Fellow, Developing Countries Research Centre, Delhi University,
Managing Trustee Fakir Mohan Foundation, (FMF), New Delhi
B-904, Kenwood Tower, Charmwood,       
Surajkund Road, Faridabad-121009,
Tel. No. 9899301771, 0129-4117904
Email : dasmonica@gmail.com
Website : https://sites.google.com/site/dasmonica

TRUSTEE LIST

S no.
Name Credentials
01. Shri. Lalit Mansingh Former Ambassador to USA
02. Prof. T.K. Oommen Sociologist, Padmabhushan Recipient
03. Ms. Pratibha Ray Eminent writer received the Moorti Devi Award,1991, Sarala Award, 1990 and Padma Shri award in 2007
04. Dr. Pulin Nayak
Professor, Delhi School of Economics
05. Shri. Sreenivas Injeti
IAS, Joint Secretary (Sports) Govt. of India Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports)
06. Shri. Amarendra Khatua
IFS (Ministry of External Affairs), Govt. of India
07. Shri. S.C. Nanda
Senior Advocate Supreme Court
08. Prof. Manoranjan Mohanty
Retd. Professor (Political Science) Delhi University
Social Activist
09. Dr. Bulbul Dhar
Director, Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
10. Shri. Subhas Chandra Choudhury
Service is IRS. Last designation Commissioner of Customs/Tax consultant
11. Shri. Sudhakar Panda
Former Registrar of Delhi University
12 Shri K.K. Panda
Registrar Delhi University (Retd.)
13. Ms. Jhanja Tripathy Executive Director/Secretary Railways Sports Promotion Board Ministry of Railways
14. Dr. Monica Das Associate Professor Economics, Delhi University (formerly), Fellow Developing Countries Research Centre, Delhi University) – Member IAFFE (International Association For Feminist Economics) Washington (USA). Trustee for Life / Managing Trustee FMF
* Dr. Monica Das is managing trustee/trustee for life for FMF.

CORE GROUP MEMBERS

S no.
Name Credentials
01. Shri Amarendra Khatua IFS (Addl. Secy. Ministry of External Affairs), Govt. of India
02. Bulbul Dhar Director Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women Studies & Associate Professor of Jamia Milia Islamia University.
03. Dr. D.K. Giri Activist and Researcher
04. Dr. Anjana Neira Dev Professor Gargi College, Delhi University
05. Ms. Barsha Poricha Director-Programmes, (National Foundation India)
06. Dr. Subijoy Dutta Senior Scientist, Rivers of World Foundation, Washington, USA.
07. Shri Kishore Dwibedi Senior Journalist, New Delhi
08. Ms. Sharon Lowen Odissi Dance Exponent & Researcher
09. Ms. Kavita Dwibedi Odissi Dance Exponent
10. S.C. Nanda Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India
11. Ratnakar Panigrahi Development Research Consultant of ‘Siddha Organization’
12 Ranjana Panigrahi Development Research Consultant of ‘Siddha Organization’
13. Shri Birendra Pani Visual Artist bases in Baroda and New Delhi
14. Rajashree Biswal Art Historian & Curator and Researcher at the School of Arts and Aesthetics
15 Dr. Monica Das

Associate Professor in Economics, Gargi College, Delhi University (formerly)
Presently Fellow, Developing Countries Research Centre, Delhi University,
Managing Trustee Fakir Mohan Foundation, (FMF), New Delhi
B-904, Kenwood Tower, Charmwood,       
Surajkund Road, Faridabad-121009,
Tel. No. 9899301771, 0129-4117904
Email : dasmonica@gmail.com,Website : https://sites.google.com/site/dasmonica

STUDENT ASSOCIATES

S no.
Name Credentials
01. Ms. Sadhwi Behera Delhi University
02. Ms. Sapana Delhi University
03. Ms. Tarana Delhi University