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Pravat Kumar Padhy

Pravat Kumar Padhy

Born: April 20 1957
Resides: Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
E-mail: pravatkumar_padhy (at) rediffmail (dot) com

Pravat Kumar Padhy, professionally a Petroleum Geologist, is retired as General Manager from the State owned Oil PSU, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).He hails from Berhampur, Odisha, India. He holds Masters of Science and Technology and a doctorate in Applied Geology from Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad. He has a certification in “Advancement Management” under the Executive Education Programme from Indian Institute of Management, Singapore. He has widely traveled to various countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, European countries including Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Austria, Hungary and presented a number of scientific papers in International Conferences.
He is amongst the earliest pioneers in evolving the concept of Shale Oil and Gas exploration and scope for “Ancient Hydrocarbon Exploration” (from Proterozoic age) in India. He was invited to American Association of Petroleum Geologists, International Conference and Exhibition, Vienna and UNO sponsored UNITAR conference, Beijing for technical paper presentation. He has been associated with various collaborative projects including one with the Melbourne University, Australia. His papers are cited in various journals and scientific books including Organic Geochemistry, Arabian Journal of Geosciences, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, Marine and Petroleum Geology, ‘The Biomarker Guide: Biomarkers and Isotopes in Petroleum Systems and Earth History’, published by Cambridge University Press, 2005, International Journal of Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Indian Geophysics Journal, Fuel, Journal of Petroleum Geology, Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, USGS Bibliography and others. His scientific work has been referred in research domains at MIT, USA, Melbourne University, Australia, Texas A&M University, USA, and others. He is credited with a Special Mention in “World Shale Gas Resources: An Initial Assessment of 14 Regions outside the United States, EIA Report, USA, 2011 and in Elsevier Publication on “Shale Gas: Exploration and Environmental and Economic Impacts”, 2017.

Literary Career: He has had developed poetic and art of metaphoric proverbial expression at an early age of around thirteen. He had composed many poems, short stories during the early seventies through eighties, primarily during his college days, in his mother tongue, Odia. His literary articles on Nobel Laureate Isaac Singer, Jnanpith Awardees Ageneya and Amrita Pritam, Magsaysay Awardee Arun Shouri, Ezra Pound and Saint Poet of Odisha Baikuntha Nath and others appeared in Odia Newspapers, leading journals and reputed periodicals during the early part of his literary career. He has also coined the literary version of “Astro-Poetry” (Celestial entity) to extend the caravan of poetic content and concept beyond space. In 1978, some of his haiku-like poems in “Odia” appeared in the Deepti magazine. The English translation of one of the poems titled Life is as follows: half-moon in the sky / her body veiled in mixed / colours of clouds. A Better Living is probably one of his earlier shortest poems which was published in Kavita India, Vol. III, No. 2&3 in 1990: Try best / Like a bird / Reaching / To its nest In the book, Interviews with Indians Writing in English”, a Writers Workshop Publication, 1992, by Atma Ram, he opines, “Poems come to my mind as fragrance to flower. Anything I see, it creates a symbolic frame in my mind . . . when I see a small grain of seed, “I feel it is tiny / because it nests with care / the mightiest in it“. He has published literary articles and poems in leading Indian English Newspapers, journals and anthologies. His literary work has been widely anthologized and cited in Modern Trends in Indo-Anglian Poetry, Anti-War Volume-II, Prevalent Aspects of Indian English Poetry, World Poetry, Pancontinental Premier Poets, East-West Voices, Contemporary Indian English Poetry, Best from East and West, Indian Literature, Anger in Action: Explorations in Indian Writing in English, Quest for Identity in Indian English Writing: Poetry, Recent Indian English Poets: Expressions and Beliefs, Contemporary Indian English Love Poetry, Spectrum History of Indian Literature in English, Alienation in Contemporary Indian English Poetry, Indian Writing in English, Voices of the Present, Cultural and Philosophical Reflections in Indian Poetry in English, The Dance of the Peacock : An Anthology of English Poetry from India, Epitaphs, Spring Rain Poetry Anthology and others. His free verses and short lyrical poems deal with social, political and contemporary issues. His poems are the symbiosis of nostalgic reminiscence of the spirit of nature, life and love. It is manifested with the textural density of allegory symbolism and allusions. His writings embody the beauty of nature, love with a blend of sublime divinity. His poems are concise and sometimes epigrammatic. His magnum opus Songs of Love: A Celebration is a longer collection of verses. His Japanese short form of poetry (Haiku, Tanka, Haibun, Haiga, Senryu,Tanka Prose) has appeared in many notable journals (both print and online) and anthologies. His Japanese Short forms of poetry are translated into various languages namely Chinese, Romanian, Italian, Serbian, Japanese, German, Arabian, Hindi, Punjabi and Odia. His essay, Haiku: The Art of Words and My Maiden Journey has been featured in The Living Haiku Anthology. His article, The Science of Haiku Poetry: My Experience has been published in Atoms of Haiku, Author’s United, USA, 2016. His article, The Garden of Blooming Flowers: My Experience of Tanka Writing appeared in Atlas Poetica, Number 29, 2017, Monoku: An Experiment with Minimalism in Haiku Literature, Under the Basho, 2018.

Presently he lives in Bhubaneswar, India with his wife, Namita. Their eldest daughter, Smita, is a Software Engineer with Accenture, Singapore and younger daughter, Rupa, is pursuing her MS in California, USA.

Literary references can be viewed in the blog: Poetic Resonance.

Awards and Other Honors:

His poetry won the Editors’ Choice Award at Asia American Poetry, Poetbay, USA, Writers’ Guild of India. His haiku won Honourable Mentions by Mainichi Daily News, Honourable Mentions at the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival,2013, UNESCO International Year of Water Co-operation Award, 2013, Spring Haiku Award, Diogen, 2014, The Kloštar Ivanić International Haiku Commendation Award, 2014, Creatrix Haiku Commendation Award, 2015,Third International Haiku Award: Cherry Blossom-Bulgaria, 2017, IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award 2017 and 7th Setouchi Matsuyama International Photo Haiku Award, 2018, Second Prize in Second international haiku contest for the award “Radmila Bogojevic", 2018 (II internacionalni haiku konkurs za nagradu “Radmila Bogojević”), IRIS Commendation Award and others.

His haiku was displayed by Haiku Society of America in the exhibition “Haiku Wall”, Liberty Theatre Gallery in Bend, Oregon, USA. As a mark of recognition, his tanka, I mingle is featured in the “Kudo Resource Guide”, Cal Performances, University of California, Berkeley, 2014/2015 Season. He is also showcased in “Freezing the Moment: A Celebration of Haiku by Poets from India”,, April 2018. His haiku is published in a hole in the light: The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku 2018 (Ed-in-Chief: Jim Kacian).

His poem, How Beautiful, published in 1983 in the leading Newspaper, Indian Express, has been included as a part of the Undergraduate English curriculum for the Semester-I, Paper A, 2018 of the prestigious Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India amongst the notable literary luminaries namely Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, Martin Luther King, Johannes V. Jensen, Sundaram (Tribhuvandas Luhar), Iftikar Rizvi, W H Davies, Nathaniel Hawthrone, Robert Frost, Prof. Satish Tripathy, Desika Vinayakam Pillai and renowned economist E F Schumacher.

His name is included in the International Authors and Writers Who’s Who, Dictionary of International Biography, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England. International Who’s Who in Poetry and Poets Encyclopedia, IBC, World Who’s Who (Europa Biographical Reference, Rutledge, London), Poetry Index Annual, Who’s Who in the World, 2013, A Bibliography of Online Articles on Haiku, Senryu and Tanka in English, Randy M. Brooks, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois.

He was officially invited to participate in the X World Congress of Poets, Bangkok Thailand in 1988.He is conferred with “The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017” for professional excellence. He is Member of World Poets Society, United Minds for Peace Society (UMFPS) and many overseas literary journals. He has been nominated as a Panel Judge for the “Touchstone Awards for Individual Poems", The Haiku Foundation (2020). Presently he is the Editor of Haibun, Haiga and Visual Haiku of the journal, Under the Basho.

He feels, ”Poetry is the essence of human urge and awareness. Poetry inspires to unfold the sublime spiritual wealth of even the tiny dust particle as it embodies the basic building block of creation: the living and the non-living. The philosophy of poetry keeps on flowing like ripples of rhythm through time and space. It amalgamates the spiritual romanticism and intellectual cadence of human beings in the perennial journey along the corridor of nature’s panorama of blissful beauty. The essence of poetry nestles in the diligent fragrance of flower, simplicity of flow of river, gentle spread of leaves, calmness of deep ocean and embellishment of soothing shadow. Let us put poetry to thrive in time and anti-time, in matter and antimatter and let it blossom the aesthetic sublimity of humanism, brotherhood, blissful endurance, and creative opulence”.

Books Published:

Silence of the Seas, Skylark Publication, Aligarh, 1992; The Tiny Pebbles, Cyberwit.Net Allahabad, 2011; Songs of Love- A Celebration, Writers Workshop, Kolkata, 2012, Ripples of Resonance, Authors Press, New Delhi 2017; The Rhyming Rainbow (Tanka collection), Authors Press, New Delhi, 2019 and Cosmic Symphony (Haiku collection), Cyberwit.Net, Allahabad, 2019. The poetry collection, The Speaking Stone is presently under press.

Selected Work
early moon rise
cranes shift whiteness
to an old banyan tree
cherry blossoms―
the scent bridging
the long river
temple bell―
the lone bird adds
its cry
wild flower―
I breathe my
thick clouds―
a gap takes me
to the ocean
tiny pebbles
the softness
of her talk
scorching heat―
a crow scratches the 
mid-noon silence
a piece of chalk in my pocket  first day of retirement


“early moon rise” - Honourable Mention, Haiku Reality / Haiku Stvarnost, Vol. 8, No. 15, Winter 2011; “cherry blossoms” - Honourable Mention, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Invitation, 2013; “temple bell” – Frogpond 36-2 Spring/Summer Issue, 2013; published in Anthology A Vast Sky2015; “wild flower” – The Heron’s Nest Vol. XVI, No. 4 December, 2014; “thick clouds” – Modern Haiku Issue 46:2, 2015; Haiku Commentary May 20, 2018; “tiny pebbles” - Runners Up, IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award, 2017; “scorching heat” – Wales Haiku Journal Spring 2018; “a piece of chalk” - Frogpond Vol. 41: 2, Spring-Summer 2018.

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