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Sankarsan Parida

S ParidaSankarsan Parida (1953-2016), an Indian poet in English with six poetry collections, namely, The Golden Bird (1990), Segregation (1996), The Next Valley Beyond the Stars (2002), Behind the Tapestry (2008), The Estranged Periphery (2012) and An Elegy and Other Poems (2015) breathed his last on 16 May 2016 due to severe brain injury. Parida was born on 25 September 1953 at Sandhapalli, a village in the District of Kendrapara, Odisha. Late Kanduri Charan Parida was his father and Supari Parida was his mother. He postgraduated from Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. He left two sons—Mr Bishwa Bhushan Parida and Mr Shanti Bhushan Parida and two daughters—Monalisa Parida and Lipsa Parida. He dedicated his last poetry collection An Elegy and Other Poems to his wife Late Pravabhati. He taught English in various Degree Colleges of the State for more than thirty five years. He received “Replica” Anniversary 2002 Award in Indo-English Poetry, Kendrapara Sahitya Sansad Award in 2005 for translation, “Sahayogi”, Cuttack Award for contribution to Odia and English Literature in 2008 and International Michael Madhusudan Academy, Kolkatta Award in 2008. After retirement, he was preparing an anthology of Orissan poets in English. It was to be published from Prakash Book Depot, Bareilly. But, Death took him away before the completion of the project.