Kunja Bihari Parhi-Sahitya Sparsh Awards
Kunja Bihari Parhi-Sahitya Sparsh Awards

Author Kunja Bihari Parhi – Winner Sahitya Sparsh Award 2024

Kunja Bihari Parhi’s life is a testament to the adage that greatness often arises from humble beginnings. Born in the tranquil village of Jamubani in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district in August 1946, he was nurtured by the love of his father, the late Dibakar Parhi, a farmer, and his mother, Smt. Subashini Parhi, a homemaker of humble means.

The journey of education for Kunja Bihari began at the village’s Lower Primary School in Jamubani. Despite the challenges of distance, he then walked to Jalda UP School, barefoot, where he completed his early education. His thirst for knowledge led him to Rajaloka, where he completed his M.E (equivalent to classes 6th and 7th).

His father’s values instilled in him a sense of discipline and determination. Dibakar Parhi made it clear to his children that as long as they excelled academically, he would support them, despite financial constraints.

Kunja Bihari’s educational pursuits continued at M.K.C High School, Baripada, followed by M.P.C College in the same town, where he graduated with Political Science (Hons). During his college years, he participated in various camps organized by the NCC, including the All India Summer Training Camp in Nainital and the All India Advanced Leadership Camp in Shillong.

His passion for learning drove him to pursue higher studies, and he completed his post-graduation from Utkal University, Vani Vihar, Bhubaneswar, in 1970.

After completing his studies, Kunja Bihari embarked on a distinguished 36-year career with the State Bank of India, retiring as Chief Manager on December 31, 2006. Despite his demanding banking career, he harbored a deep desire to serve rural communities, often finding solace in writing during his limited free time.

Upon retirement, he dedicated himself wholeheartedly to writing, producing a body of work that includes short stories, novels, poetry, articles, and a travelogue. His writing, deeply rooted in personal experiences and observations, has earned him a revered place in Odia literature as a modern writer.

In 2018, Kunja Bihari Parhi was honored with the Odisha Sahitya Academy Award for his outstanding contribution to Odia literature. His family, including his wife Subhra Parhi and daughters Chandrabati and Chitralekha, has been a constant source of inspiration and support in his literary pursuits.

To date, he has authored nine novels, seven short story books, three poetry books, and a travelogue. His publisher, the eminent poet Shri Bhikari Dhala, has played a crucial role in bringing his works to the public.

The books written by Sri. Parhi are mentioned below:


1. Thare Mote Maa Kahi daak
2. Eka bhinna Manisha
3. Kebe Tume Eka Kebe Mu Eka
4. Nara Rakhyasa
5. Raj Tarangini
6. Aranyara Aasha
7. Prema ra Paribhasa
8. Prema Hajigala Ganga Ghatare
9. Pretatmara ra Karuna bilapa

Short story:

1. Amari Gaon Katha Abey Bi Manepade (Gramya Kahani)
2. Abhula Kahani
3. Abhula Smrutiru Ketoti Khia
4. Kahani Ardha Satyara
5. Kahani Nua Puruna
6. Kahani Jana Ajana
7. Manabadharma O Anyanya Galpa


1. Mukta Bihanga
2. Mo Priya
3. Mana Jhure Jhure Mane


1. Bangkok Bhrahmana

As Kunja Bihari Parhi continues to write and share his stories with the world, he remains a shining example of the power of literature to inspire, educate, and unite people across boundaries. His works stand as a testament to his enduring passion for storytelling and his belief in the transformative power of words.

Kunja Bihari Parhi’s literary journey is a testament to his perseverance, dedication, and passion for literature. His works continue to inspire and captivate readers, ensuring his legacy as a revered figure in Odia literature for generations to come.

Also read: Author Interview – Kunja Bihari Parhi – Sahitya Sparsh Award 2024

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