Bansidhar Mohanty was born in 1924 passed his M.A. in the first class from the Utkal University. He took to teaching and in 1970 became the first Professor of Oriya in the Utkal University. Mohanty is well-known for his scholarship. Besides writing books on the literature of Orissa and her literary traditions he has retrieved many lost manuscripts and published them. Among his works are Orisare Boudha Dharma, Sri Jagannath, Sahitya o samskriti, Abhibhasana, Oria bhashatattwara bhumika, Oria bhashar utapati o kramabikasha, Oria sahityara itihasa (3 Vols.), Orisar adibashi samskriti, and Rasakallola parichaya. Those of his writings are marked by insight and literary flavour.
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