Tarun Kanti Mishra was born on 2nd August, 1950 in the hill-town of Keonjhar, in the state of Odisha, India. He holds a post graduate degree in Economics from Utkal University. He has also a master’s degree from the University of East Anglia, England. Shri Mishra is a recipient of D.Litt. from North Odisha University. He has also received ‘Think Orissa Leadership Award’ as an outstanding civil servant in 2009.
Shri Mishra joined Indian Administrative Service in 1975. He retired from the service as the Chief Secretary to Government of Odisha. He worked as Secretary in over 10 Departments including Home, Revenue, Planning & Coordination, Excise, Energy, Commerce & Transport, Women & Child Development, School & Mass Education, and Food Supplies & Consumer Welfare Department. Among his field postings are the posts of Collector & District Magistrate, Sundargarh, Revenue Divisional Commissioner, Cuttack and Deputy Chief Administrator, Dandakaranya Development Authority, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
As a Civil Servant, he had many opportunities of contributing significantly in different areas of administration during his distinguished career. During late 1990s, as Secretary, Energy he played an important role in power sector reforms. As Secretary, Women & Child Development Department, he adopted innovative approach in the rehabilitation of destitute women and orphans in the aftermath of Super cyclone, 1999. Instead of adopting the traditional approach of sending the destitute women and children to shelter homes or orphanages, Shri Mishra adopted the policy of community-based rehabilitation with notable success. As Home Secretary, he initiated several reforms in the prison administration. With his active support, the Commissionerate System of Police was introduced in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack. He also made substantial contribution in the drafting of the Model Police Act for the State of Odisha. During his tenure as Principal Secretary, Revenue & Disaster Management, he launched several land reforms measures including Project Vasundhara and Land Passbook. As Principal Secretary, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare, he introduced a paradigm shift in Government’s approach to food security. For the first time the Government went in for ‘Direct Market Intervention’ with the twin objectives of ensuring ‘Minimum Support Price’ for the farmers, preventing distress sale of food grains and ‘Better Food Security’ under Public Distribution System. The much acclaimed Orissa Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, 2006 was drafted and finalized in Revenue Department during his tenure as Principal Secretary.
Shri Mishra’s literary talents blossomed at a tender age. He published short stories in different literary magazines while he was in school. His first anthology of short stories appeared in 1968. At that time he was an under-graduate student of B.J.B. College, Bhubaneswar. So far he has published over 200 short stories. He has also authored a novel against the backdrop of Dandakaranya, a vast territory inhabited by immigrants of erstwhile East Pakistan and a large tribal population.
M.A. from Utkal University, India, and University of East Anglia, England.
A recipient of honorary D. Litt. from North Odisha University.
Shri Mishra joined IAS in 1975.
Retired as Chief Secretary, Government of Odisha.
Recipient of 'Think Odisha Leadership Award', as an outstanding civil servant.
Shri Mishra’s literary talents blossomed at a tender age. He started publishing short stories since his school days . His first anthology of short stories appeared in 1968, while he was an under-graduate student. So far he has published well about 300 short stories. He also authored a novel against the backdrop of Dandakaranya, a vast territory inhabited by immigrants from the erstwhile East Pakistan and a large tribal population. So far Shri Mishra has published 18 anthologies of short stories and a novel.
Among them are the following :
Bhaswati, Akash Setu, Bitansa, Komal Gandhar, Bahubrihi, Lubdhakar Rati, Aji Ratir Galpa, Sambahan, Sharadah Shatam and Itni Door (Hindi translation of some of his short stories published by Bharatiya Jnanpith.)
(A complete list is appended at the end.)
Shri Mishra is a writer with poetic elegance and poise. His work is characterized by a mobility of style, a deep human empathy, grace and vigour. The central theme of many of his stories is human predicament. His canvas is wide embracing a large spectrum of life. He wrote about hunger, deprivation, opulence and hypocrisy of modern times. Some of his stories are tinged with mystic romanticism. His stories profile a few moments of eternity, a milky way of hope, though on the surface, there is a shadow of despair or touch of pathos.
For his contribution to Odia literature, Shri Mishra has received several awards. Some of them are :
(1) Sahitya Akademi Award (2019)
(2) Odisha Sahitya Academy Award (1997)
(3) Sarala Award (2001)
(4) Utkal Sahitya Samaj (Fakir Mohan Short Story) Award (1998)
(5) Jhankar Award (1997)
(6) Rajdhani Book Fair Award (2002)
(7) Katha Award (New Delhi) (1998)
(8) Prajnashree Samman (2003)
(9) Bartika Samman (2002)
(10) Akhyay Samman (2008)
(11) Kadambini Samman (2009)
(12) Son of the Soil Award. (2009) [North Odisha University]
(13) Time Pass Bestseller Award (2011)
(14) Dhwani Pratidhwani Saraswat Samman (2012)
(15) Tira Taranga Award (2013)
(16) Kendujhar Vikash Manch Award (2012)
(17) All India Radio, Cuttack, Felicitation (2007)
(18) Sulekha Samman, (2008)
(19) Chalapath Award
(20) Prananath Samman (2020)
(21) Kabi Brajanatha Rath Saraswat Samman, Balasore, (2021)
Shri Mishra’s writings have been translated into several languages including English, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi and Gujarati.
ଐନ୍ଦ୍ରଜାଲିକ ବାସ୍ତବତା, ଅତୀତ ଅନୁରକ୍ତି, ଗଭୀର ଜୀବନବୋଧ ଓ ମଣିଷକୁ ଭଲ ପାଇବାର ଚିତ୍ର ତରୁଣକାନ୍ତିଙ୍କ ଗଳ୍ପରେସ୍ପଷ୍ଟ । -ସମ୍ବାଦ
ଅନ୍ତରଙ୍ଗ ଜୀବନାନୁଭୂତି, ସମ୍ବେଦନଶୀଳ ମାର୍ମିକ ଅଭିବ୍ୟକ୍ତି ଓ ବିଦଗଧ ରସଚେତନାରେ ଉଜ୍ଜ୍ୱଳ ଓ ଭାସ୍ଵର । -ଝଙ୍କାର
ଅସରନ୍ତି କାହାଣୀର ଆଶ୍ଚର୍ଯ୍ୟ ଇଲାକା । -ଅଧ୍ୟାପକ ବିଶ୍ୱରଞ୍ଜନ
ଗଳ୍ପ ଓ କବିତାର ଅପୂର୍ବ ସମନ୍ୱୟ । ତରୁଣକାନ୍ତିଙ୍କ ଭାଷାର ଯାଦୁଗରୀ ଯେ କୌଣସି ପାଠକକୁ ଅନାୟାସରେ ସମ୍ମୋହିତ କରିଦିଏ । -ଅଧ୍ୟାପକ ମନ ମୋହନ ଦାଶ
ଗଳ୍ପଗୁଡିକର ଯେଉଁ ଦିଗଟି ପାଠକକୁ ବେଶି ସ୍ପର୍ଶ କରେ, ତାହା ହେଉଛି ଚରିତ୍ରମାନଙ୍କର ଅନ୍ତର୍ମୁଖୀ (interiority) ଉଦଘାଟନ । ସମୁଦାୟ ବର୍ଣ୍ଣନା, ରୂପକଳ୍ପ, ପରିବେଶ, ଏପରିକି ଆକାଶ-ପୃଥିବୀର ଯବକାଚ ଗୋଟିଏ ଜିନିଷକୁ ଲକ୍ଷ୍ୟ କରି ଥାଆନ୍ତି...ଏଇ ଅନ୍ତର୍ମୁଖିତାକୁ । -ଅଧ୍ୟାପକ ରାମଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ବେହେରା
ତରୁଣକାନ୍ତିଙ୍କ ଚରିତ୍ରମାନେ ଏକ ସମୟରେ ଅନେକତ୍ର ଅନ୍ତର୍ମୁଖୀ ଓ ବହିର୍ମୁଖୀ … ସ୍ୱପ୍ନର ପୃଥିବୀ ଓ ବାସ୍ତବତାର କାରୁଣ୍ୟ ପରସ୍ପରକୁ ଆବୋରି ରଖିଥାନ୍ତି ଗୋଧୂଳି ଲଗ୍ନର ଛାଇଆଲୁଅ ପରି । -ସୀତାକାନ୍ତ ମହାପାତ୍ର
ସମକାଳୀନଙ୍କ ଭିତରେ ସେ ବାରି ହୋଇ ପଡନ୍ତି ତାଙ୍କର କ୍ଷେତ୍ରପ୍ରାପ୍ତି ଓ ସମ୍ବେଦନା ପାଇଁ । -ହରପ୍ରସାଦ ଦାସ
ବହିର୍ଜଗତର ଜ୍ୱାଳା ଯନ୍ତ୍ରଣାକୁ ଅତିକ୍ରମ କରି ଜୀବନର ଅନ୍ତଃବାସ୍ତବତା (inner reality) ସନ୍ଧାନରେ ନିମଗ୍ନ ଶିଳ୍ପୀ । -ଅଧ୍ୟାପକ ବାଉରୀବନ୍ଧୁ କର
ତରୁଣକାନ୍ତିଙ୍କ ଗଳ୍ପରେ ରହିଛି ମନ୍ତ୍ରମୁଗଧ କରିଦେଲା ପରି ଅନ୍ତରୀଣ ଭାବାବେଶ । -ଅଧ୍ୟାପକ ଆଦିକନ୍ଦ ସାହୁ
ଅସରନ୍ତି କାହାଣୀର କୁଶଳୀ କଥାକାର । -ତୀରତରଙ୍ଗ
ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଗଳ୍ପ ସାହିତ୍ୟରେ ପ୍ରେମର ଏତେ ଲଳିତ କୋମଳ ଯାଦୁଗରୀ ଭାଷାର ପ୍ରୟୋଗ ମୁଁ ଅନ୍ୟ କାହାରି ପାଖେ ଦେଖି ନାହିଁ । -ଖାରବେଳ ସ୍ଵାଇଁ
ଜଣେ ତରୁଣ ରାଜପୁତ୍ର ଭଳି ତରୁଣକାନ୍ତି ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଗଳ୍ପଜଗତକୁ ପ୍ରବେଶ କରିଛନ୍ତି ଦୀପ୍ତିମାନ କାହାଣୀର ଛଟା ଓ ଝଲକ ନେଇ । -ଅଧ୍ୟାପକ ନୀଳମଣି ପରିଡ଼ା