Radhanath Ray was the famous poet of Orissa. For his contribution to Oriya Literature he was honored with the title 'Kabibar'. Radhanath Ray had written many poetries many of which have remained in the top of the golden collections of Oriya literature. Some of his poetries are so famous that people of new generation also know about them and remind those creations.
Early Life of Radhanath Ray
Radhanath Ray was born on September 28, 1848 in the village Kedarpur of Balasore district, Orissa. During his study, he showed his talent and interest in Oriya literature. During early days of his writing career, he wrote both in Bengali and Oriya language, but after sometime, he focused on Oriya literature only and started writing in only Oriya language. When he was only 18, he wrote a book with collection of some poetries 'Kabitabali' in Bengali.
Radhanath Ray always tried to make the Oriya literature popular through his work. He opposed the use of Bengali text books in schools of Orissa and supported the use of Oriya text books.
Notable Works of Radhanath Ray
Some of Radhanath Ray's popular poetries are -
Mahajatra - Jajati Keshari
Kabibar Radhanath Ray died in the year 1908.
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