A major poet in Odia literature, Rajendra Kishore Panda is the author of 16 books of poetry as well as editor of two web anthologies of poetry, Kavitayan and Varnamala and a web journal, The Cogitocrat.
His literary exploits won him several honours including the Sahitya Akademi Award (1985), the Senior Fellowship for Literature awarded by the Department of Culture, Government of India and a D.Litt degree (honoris causa) from Sambalpur University.
A member of the Indian Administrative Service, he holds Master’s degree in Arts from the Allahabad Univerfsity.
Panda, who published his first book of poetry in 1975, belonged to Batalaga village in Sambalpur district the inhabitants of which had to face the trauma of displacement when the Hirakud Dam was constructed as the entire area was submerged under the reservoir in 1956-57. Batalaga was one of the 285 villages that went under water.