The Editor

Dr. Iti Samanta,
Writer, Editor, Publisher, Producer & Social Worker
Editor 'The Kadambini', (Premier Monthly Family Magazine of Odisha)
Editor 'The Kunikatha', (Premier Monthly Family Magazine for Children)
Present Address:
Kadambini Villa, 421/2358, PadmabatiVihar
SailashreeVihar, Bhubaneswar - 751 021, Odisha.
Office: +91 9438491297, 7077704119
Cell: +91 9437014119, 9937220229
E-mail: itisamanta2014@gmail.com, Website: www.kadambini.org
Permanent Address:
At/P.O: Kalarabank, Dist: Cuttack
Administrative Experience:
Director, Kadambini Media Pvt. Ltd., A leading publication and production house.
Literary Pursuit:
Dr. Iti Samanta, an eminent writer, editor, publisher and producer of meaningful films now occupies the cultural center stage of Odisha. But writing is her first love. In fact, from early childhood, she started cuddling up emotions and scribbled down her feelings on a regular basis. That in later stage culminated into stories, novels and more than 300 other articles of social relevance and women empowerment and gender related issues. She has been continuously writing her editorials on women and women related issues since 2012till date. She flourished as a writer, braving many distractions that came in her life. She published her first book ‘Tathaapi’ a collection of short stories, in the year 2001. And then, she never looked back. Her books have received rave reviews and have been appreciated by readers as well. The books she has written/ edited so far are:-
As Writer (own creative writing)
1. Tathaapi (Story Collection)
2. Iti Tora Lipsa (Story Collection)
3. Niraba Aalaapa ( Novel)
4. Itibruti-1 (Editorial Collection)
5. Kathaare Kathaare Upanyaasare Naaricharitra (Part-I )
   (A Research oriented interview collections)
6. Kathaare Kathaare Upanyaasare Naaricharitra (Part-II)
   (A Research oriented interview collections)

As Editor
1. Charchaare Chandrasekhar
2. Kadambini AamaRosai (Part-1, 2 & 3)

She is the youngest of seven siblings of Nilimarani Samanta and Anadi Charan Samanta. She lost her father when she was just two months old and was brought up by her mother amidst abject poverty and sticky social challenges. Soon after finishing school she joined Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering course under pressure from family. But her literary calling gained over her and after completion of engineering degree again she changed her academic pursuit to literature which brought her a meritorious Master’s Degree in Odia and a lambent Masters Degree in Mass Communications and Journalism. Later, she did her Ph.D in literature from Viswa-Bharati Central University, Shantiniketan and was awarded Fellow-Scholar by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
 
Through her brain child Kadambini Media Private Limited, Dr. Iti Samanta turned out to be an organizer par excellence. The various activities, the Kadambini Media is carrying out at present include:
1. Publication of ‘The Kadambini’, a frontline family magazine in Odia, launched in 2000, which has been unfailingly hitting the book-stands and bookstores of Odisha every month. Edited by Dr. Iti Samantait is the most popular Odia family magazine with highest readership today.
2. Publication of ‘The Kunikatha’, a premier monthly magazine for the children which has gained unparalleled acceptance among the young readers. Dr. Iti Samanta edits the magazine.
3. Holding of ‘PatrikaaHaata’, an annual unique event showcasing and on-the-spot marketing of magazines and other literary publications from all over the State.
4. Instituting prestigious ‘KadambiniSammana’ and ‘KadambiniSaraswataSammana’.
5. Organising National Writer’s Meet.
6. Publication of books.

Dr. Iti Samanta’s literary propensity and literary entrepreneurship have been widely acclaimed and recognized. Some of the recognitions which have come in her stride to literary heights are as follows:
1. AkshayaMohantySahityaSammana- 2013 (Award for literature)
2. RajadhaniPustakmelaPuraskar- 2013 (for short story collection ‘ItitoraLipsa’)
3. Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhawana Award - 2008, as best woman editor
4. PrananathaSammana- 2006 (Best Editor)
5. Kathaa Journal Award - 2004 (New Delhi)
6. ‘Best Editor’ Award - 2004 from State Social Welfare Advisory Board, Bhubaneswar
7. Professional Excellency Award - 2004, from All India Small and Medium Newspaper Editors, Odisha Branch.
8. Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhawana Award - 2003, for best family feature magazine ‘The Kadambini’.
9. Chinta & Chetana Rastriya Award- 2002 (Literature)
10. Rajiv Gandhi Award - 2002, as best woman editor.
11. Dr. Iti Samanta has been choosen as Best Women Enterprenur- 2014 by 92.7 BIG FM
Cinematic Excellence:
Simultaneous with her literary pursuit, Dr. Iti Samanta ventured into visual medium to promote good Cinema and artistes of caliber. Now Dr. Iti Samanta is a name to reckon with in that field. Her activities in this area include;
  • Production of ‘Kathaantara’, National award winning and thought provoking film based on the storyof Super-Cyclone affected refugees in Odisha. The Film took part in several National and International film festivals and is highly acclaimed by critics, Juries and all. The film won 8 state awards and got national award for best regional film of the year in 2008.
  • Production of Feature Film ‘Krantidhara’ based on her own story depicting struggle of women in grassroots politics which has been highly acclaimed by critics and audiences in various National and International film festivals.
  • Her short film ‘Kahani Nuhen’ received the best Tele film award from the culture department, Govt of Odisha. The film is based on her own story.
  • She has also produced and directed two educational films titled ‘Chithhi’ & ‘Kanyaaratna’.
  • Also produced several documentary promotional films for Govt. of Odisha, and many audio and video music CDs.

  • For her cinematic excellence Dr. Iti Samanta has received;
  • National Award for best film production in 2005 for Odia feature Film ‘Kathaantara’.
  • Mohan Sundar Deb Goswaami Award - 2007, state award for best film production.
  • ChlachitraJagat Pratibhaa Sammaan - 2007 for producing award-winning films ‘Kathaantara’.
  • Chinta O Chetana Award - 2007 for Best Film Production

  • Odisha State Film Award 2014
  • Mohan Sundar Goswami Award for Best Film-2015 for Feature Film “Krantidhara” (Coup de Grace).
  • Best Story Writer Award, 2015 for “ Krantidhara”
For producing award-winning Odiamovies she has been felicitated in many places such as at Bangalore, Chennai etc.
 
 
Successfully discharged duties as;
1. Member, CBFC, Ministry of I & B, Govt. of India
2. Jury member in Odisha State Film Award Committee - 2007
3. Jury member in Tarang Cine Award Committee - 2010, 2012
4. She has participated in many television shows, broadcast programmes as an expert and presenter on Literature, gender related issues.
 
Other Social Activities:
Along with her great social responsibility i.e. editing and publishing The Kadambini, odisha’s largest circulated monthly family magazine and The Kunikatha, a monthly family magazine for children and youth, she is actively involved in reforming her native village Kalarabank by managing two schools, Nilimarani Charitable Trust Temple complex, Library, Mahilasamiti and working as a promoter of women self-help groups. She has been nominated as honorary member to many committees.
 
Other Activities:
Dr. Iti Samanta has been holding many important and responsible positions in the government, public and private bodies such as:
1. Member, General Council, Odisha Sahitya Akademi, Bhubaneswar, 2011-2013
2. Member, Post Forum, Postal Dept., Odisha.