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Orissan Art , Archaeology, Architecture, History, Culture & Religion

This is the page where I'll describe Dr. R. P. Mohapatra and his contributions in more detail.
Dr. R. P. Mohapatra M.A. (History), Dip-in-Archaeology, Ph.D, D.Litt was former Curator (Archaeology) in Orissa State Museum, Born in an Orthodox Bramhin Family especially attached to Royal Family of Dhenkanal. He was the eldest son of Sitanath Paramguru the Zamindar and Moti Devi and married to Kusum Mohapatra.  
Besides being a museologist of long standing, Dr. R.P. Mohapatra M.A., Dip-in-Archaeology, Ph.D., D.Litt., was a reputed archaeologist with a diploma from School of Archaeology, Delhi. He was one of the few scholars in Orissa who was, it may be said, Born for Archaeology, to borrow a phrase made famous by the most noted archaeologist in India H.D. Sankalia. Dr. Mohapatra has visited almost all the museums in India as well as excavated sites and monuments. He was the author of many research papers which have been published in India and abroad.
Dr. Ramesh Prasad Mohapatra (Dr. R.P. Mohapatra) 's unstinting dedication for enriching and popularising Orissan Art, Archaeology, History, Culture, and Religion is un-parallel.
His Collection of Antiquities and rare archaeological artefacts proudly displayed in Orissa State Museum, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India is an eye opener for outsiders as well as insiders. His magnificent volumes, acknowledged as magnum opus, on Orissan Art, Archaeology, Architecture, Cultural History, Military History, History and religion based on creative and pain-staking research regarded as pioneering effort in poularising true Orissan grandeaur.

During 25 years of eventful career, his contribution to Orissan Art, Architecture, Archaeology, Culture, Religion and History is so deep its impossible to think about Orissan Art, Architecture, Archaeology, Culture, Religion and History without him. Its a great loss to the scholarlly world who is working on Orissan Studies. He died at a comparatively young age of 49 years only.
His interdisciplinary approach to history and archaeology in accountability of details of facts made him great Historian and Archaeologist

Some of my Favorites Works of Dr. R. P. Mohapatra

Here's a list of some of my favorite Books by  Dr. R. P. Mohapatra:

  • Archaeology in Orissa (Sites and Monuments in 2 VOL), Delhi, 1986 
  • Fashion Styles of Ancient India, Delhi, 1992  
  • Military History Of Orissa, Delhi, 1986  
  • Ornaments of Orissa Co-authored Dr. Thomas E. Donaldson, Delhi, 1998 
  • Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves, Delhi, 1981 
  • Jaina Monuments of Orissa, Delhi, 1984 
  • Decorative Art of Parasuramesvara Temple, Bhubaneswar, 1992  
  • Temple Legends of Orissa, Bhubaneswar, 1992
  • Traditions in Architecture, Bhubaneswar, 1982 
  • Index Volume to Orissa Historical Research Journal, Bhubaneswar, 1983

Some Interesting Articles:

  • Griddles as depicted in Temple Sculptures of Bhubaneswar
  • Winged and Enigimatic Animal Figures in Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves
  • Names of the Caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves
  • Problem of Kalinga Jina
  • Jaina Art of Orissa
  • Ruck cut caves and Monuments of Orissa
  • Impact of Jainaism on Socio Economic life of Orissa
  • Lots of articles on hitherto unknown archaeological sites and monuments of Orissa
  • Forts and palaces of Orissa