He was Born on June 24, 1944, Dr Panda writes in the Odia language. He has published sixteen poetry collections and a novel. He is a primary Indian poet who suggested the course of contemporary Odia poetry to brilliant heights. He was awarded the Gangadhar National Award in 2010 and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1985. He was awarded a DLitt by Sambalpur University.
About the Award:
Founded in 1992, Rashtrakavi Kuvempu Trust instituted this countrywide annual literary award in 2013 in the name of Kuvempu to apprehend litterateurs who had contributed in any language diagnosed via the Constitution of India.