BiographyAbout Odisha

Gangadhar Meher ancient writer changed modern Odia style

Gangadhar Meher was born in 1862 on the full moon day of Shravan at Barpali of present-day Bargarh district of Odisha. Chaitanya Meher was working as a village Vaidya (Ayurvedic doctor) besides his family profession of weaving.

But as he could not maintain his family with the income of these works, he opened a village school and began to teach a few children. Gangadhar Meher could read up to the Middle Vernacular Standard hurdling over diverse disadvantages, and his excessive desire for reading one day dragged him to the field of writing poems.

Gangadhar started composing poems from a very tender age. His first writings follow the style and technique of the ancient Odia writers. His first Kavya (poetic work) was “Rasa-Ratnakara”. Then being persuaded by some friends he changed his ways and wrote poems and kavyas in the modern Odia style. Kabibar Radhanath Ray praised his writing very much.

Then Gangadhar Meher produced innumerable writings that have no parallel in point of sweet imaginativeness, in beauty and clarity of language, in the novelty of style, in point of forceful character painting and in the lively description of nature from different angels of vision. His writings are like precious jewels in the store room of Utkal Bharati.

Source – Internet



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