Dr. Iti Samanta

Dr. Iti Samanta

Writer, Editor, Publisher, Director, Producer, Interviewer and Social Worker
Editor ‘The Kadambini’, (Premier Monthly Family Magazine of Odisha)
Editor ‘The Kunikatha’, (Premier Monthly Family Magazine for Children)

Office Address:
Kadambini Villa, 421/2358, Padmabati Vihar
Sailashree Vihar, Bhubaneswar – 751 021, Odisha.
Office: +91 9438491297, 7077704119
E-mail: iti.kadambiniodia@gmail.com, Website: www.kadambini.org

Residence Address:
Nilima Nilaya, 421/2359, Padmabati Vihar
Sailashree Vihar, Bhubaneswar – 751 021, Odisha.
Cell: +91 9437014119, 9937220229
E-mail: iti.kadambiniodia@gmail.com, Website: www.kadambini.org

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 1000 other articles of social relevance and women empowerment & gender related issues. She has been continuously writing her editorials on women and women related issues since 2012 till date. She flourished as a writer, braving many distractions that came in her life. Her first book ‘Tathaapi’ is a collection of short stories came out in the year 2001. And then, she never looked back. Her books have received rave reviews and have been appreciated by readers as well. In a literary carrier of more than twenty five years she has written /edited many books.

As a creative writer, her two anthologies of short stories titled ‘Tathapi’ (2001), ‘Iti Tora Lipsa’ (2012) and ‘Jhada Parara Surya O Krantidhara’ (2017) and a novel ‘Nirab Aalapa’ (2013). ‘The Itibruti-I’ (2006) & ‘The Itibruti-II’ (2010) are two separate volumes of collections of her editorials published in the ‘The Kadambini’. A research oriented interview collections of eminent Odia writers on woman characters of their novels, titled ‘Kathare Kathare Upanyasare Naricharitra’: Part-I (2011) and Part-II (2012) are a unique endeavor of Dr. Iti Samanta. She has also edited a book of critical essays ‘Charchare Chandrasekhar’ (2012). She has compiled and edited three books on cooking ‘Kadambini Aama Rosei’: Part-1 (2007), Part-2 (2012) and Part-3 (2014).

1. Tathaapi (Short Story Collection)
2. Iti Tora Lipsa (Story Collection)
3. Kathabarta (A collection of interviews)
4. Jhada Parara Surya O Krantidhara (Short Story & Film Script)
5. Niraba Aalaapa (Novel)
6. Itibruti-1 (Editorial Collection)
7. Itibruti-2 (Editorial Collection)
8. Kathaare Kathaare Upanyaasare Naaricharitra (Part-I) (A collection of research oriented interviews)
9. Kathaare Kathaare Upanyaasare Naaricharitra (Part-II) (A collection of research oriented interviews)

1. Charchaare Chandrasekhar (A book of critical essays)

1. Kadambini Aama Rosei (Part-1, 2 & 3)

Biography and Education:
Dr. Iti Samanta was born in a non-descript village Kalarabanka in Cuttack District of Odisha and went through the similar situation in her childhood like her elder brother Dr. Achyuta Samanta. She had a strong desire since her School days to become a writer.
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 Post Graduate Degree in Odia Literature 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.
While she climbed the scholarly career in literature and communication studies, the inner calling of the creative aspect of her personality, inspired by her celebrated social entrepreneur brother. Dr. Achyuta Samanta who is an eminent educationist, noted philanthropist, social activist and founder of KIIT & KISS prompted Dr. Iti Samanta to dedicate herself to literary entrepreneurship and promote community’s rich art and cultural heritage. The result of this alchemy of creative spirit of the brother-sister duo led to the establishment of Kadambini Media Pvt. Ltd. with the sole objective of promoting art, culture, literature and cinema in Odisha and India as well.
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:

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 Samanta it is the most popular Odia family magazine with highest readership today.
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.
Holding of ‘Patrikaa Haata’, an annual unique event showcasing and on-the-spot marketing of magazines and other literary publications from all over the State.
Instituting prestigious ‘Kadambini Sammana’ and ‘Kadambini Saraswata Sammana’.
Organizing National Writer’s Meet.
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:
Bhanjabharati Jayadev Sarangi Memorial Award – 2017
Ama Bhubaneswar Sammana – 2017
Padmavati Award – 2016
Utkalamani Prativa Sammana – 2016
Nilachakra Sammana – 2016
Amari Bhasa Pathe Sammana – 2016 (The Intellects, New Delhi)
Utkal Prativa Sammana – 2016
Duradarshi Sammana – 2016
Manana Sammana – 2016, Manana Natya Santha
Prativa Sammana – 2016
Odia Sahitya Sammana – 2016
Best Editor Sammana – 2016, Nimapada Sahitya Sansad
Roopnagar Mayanagaree Award – 2016 (Best Family Magazine of Odisha)
Odisha Youth Inspiration Award – 2015
SCART Nabaratna Award – 2015
Punyaprabha Geeti Gourab Sammana – 2015
Sakala Sammana – 2014
Akshaya Mohanty Sahitya Sammana – 2013 (Award for literature)
Rajadhani Pustakmela Puraskar – 2013 (for short story collection ‘Iti Tora Lipsa’)
Dhanaphula Sahitya Sammana – 2013 (Award for Literature)
Manthan Juba Sampadika Sammana – 2010
Shrestha Odiani Sammana – 2009
Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhabana Award – 2008 (as Best Woman Editor)
Tundabaida Sammana – 2008
Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhawana Award – 2007 (Best Editor)
Prananatha Sammana – 2006 (Best Editor)
Manjubala Smruti Sammana – 2006
Special Felicitation for Editing – 2006 (Lions Club, Bhubaneswar Lotus)
Kathaa Journal Award – 2004 (New Delhi)
Best Editor Award – 2004 (State Social Welfare Advisory Board, Bhubaneswar)
Professional Excellency Award – 2004, (All India Small and Medium Newspaper Editors, Odisha Branch)
Rajib Sena Award – 2004
Rajiv Gandhi Sadbhawana Award – 2003 (Best Family Feature Magazine ‘The Kadambini’)
Dhwanipratidhwani Sammana – 2003
Best Women Sammana – 2003
Chinta & Chetana Rastriya Award- 2002 (Literature)
Rajiv Gandhi Award – 2002 (Best Woman Editor)
Smrutilipi Best Editor Sammana – 2002
Avinandanika Award – 2001 (Magazine Editing)
Aashraya Award – 2001 (Best Editor)
Badadanda Best Editor Sammana – 2001
Best Editor Award – 2001, Lions Club, Bhubaneswar

Dr. Iti Samanta has been chosen as Best Women Entrepreneur- 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;
1. Production of ‘Kathaantara’, National Award winning and thought provoking film based on the story of 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.
2. 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 like Bangalore International Film Festival, Chennai International Film Festival, Hyderabad International Film Festival, Kanyakumari International Film Festival, Indian Film Festival of Los Angels, Melbourne International Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Cineport International Film Festival, MMIFF. The film won 3 State Awards of the year in 2015.
3. 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.
4. She has also produced and directed two educational films titled ‘Chithhi’ & ‘Kanyaaratna’.
5. 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 ‘Kathantara’
Mohan Sundar Deb Goswami Award – 2007, Odisha State Film Award for Best Film ‘Kathantara’
Mohan Sundar Deb Goswami Award – 2015, Odisha State Film Award for Best Feature Film ‘Krantidhara’ (Coup de Grace)
Odisha State Film Award for Best Story Writer – 2015 (for ‘Krantidhara’ Film)
Best Story Writer Award for ‘Krantidhara’ – 2016, Chalachitra Jagat
Best Story Writer Award for ‘Krantidhara’ – 2016, Cinema Sansar
Best Story Writer Award for ‘Krantidhara’ – 2016, Odia Filmfair Award
Best Creative Title Award for ‘Krantidhara’ – 2016, Odia Filmfair Award
National Cine Ratna Award – 2016 & 2017
Chalachitra Jagat Pratibha Sammaana – 2007 for award-winning films ‘Kathaantara’
Chinta O Chetana Award – 2007 for Best Film Production
Roopnagar Mayanagaree Award – 2016 (Best Film of Year 2015)
Chitrapuri Award – 2006
Big Screen Big Star Entertainment Award – 2016 (Krantidhara)

For producing award-winning Odia Movies 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 Memorial Charitable Trust, Temple complex, Library, Mahila Samiti 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 Academy, Bhubaneswar, 2011-2013
2. Member, Post Forum, Postal Dept., Odisha.