Utkala Keshari Dr. Harekrushna Mahatab was born on 21st November 1899 at Asureswar in the-then undivided Cuttack district. But he was brought up at Agarpara in the newly reorganized Bhadrak district at his grand father’s residence. His genius as a poet, story-writer, novelist, historian, jounalist editor and a stateman was par excellence. He was an unparalleled and unrialled statesman. For his book ‘Gaan Majilis’ which was a regular column in Oriya daily ‘Prajatantra’, he was awarded in 1983 by Kendra Sahitya Akademi.
His novels include NUTANA DHARMA, TOUTOR, ABYAPRA, PRATIBHA, TRUTIYA PARVA, ‘1957’. His story collection includes SWARGARE EMERGENCY (1967). His poetry books include CHARI CHAKSHU, PALASI ABASANE, SESHA, ASHRU, NANDIKA, LATITA, RAJARANI, CHHAYA PATHARA JATRI. His ballad includes Atmadana and his autobiography is SAADHANARA PATHE. His one act plays include ‘RUPANTAR’, ITIHASARA PARIHASA, GANTAGHARA MUKTI O MUKTA, PRABANCHANA, GUPTA PRANAYA, UTTORATARA SAMBUKARA TAPASYA, ANDHAJUGA, JUGASANKETA. His history books include three volumes of HISTORY OF ORISSA. His essays and other creation include SAHITYA ALOCHANA, GANDHI DHARMA, AHIMSARA UPAJOGA, BHARATIYASAMSKRUTI, GETTA O’ JANATA, DASA BARSHARA ODISHA, GANDHIJI O’ ODISHA, ARAB SAGARARU CHILIKA, GAAN MAJLIS – Part-I, II, III, IV. His children literatures include BISHNUPURARA BHITIRIKATHA, GANESHANKA PATHAPADHA.