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Sarala Das was one of the all time great poet from Orissa.

He was born in the early part of the fifteenth century at a small village called Kalinaya near Jhunkudain in the district of Cuttack. It is worthwhile to note that Sarala Das is known as µUTKAL BALMIKI¶ as he has written oriya version of the great epics of Ramayana and Mahabharat. Sarala Das is a highly respected figure of Oriya literature. He is remembered for his phenomenal contribution towards Oriya literature in its initial days. He has written some of the best literary creations of Oriya literature in the Vilanka Ramayana, the Mahabharat and the Chandi Purana. The Mahabharat contains over eighty three thousand verses and consists of twenty three hundred and nine pages. The Vilanka Ramayana similarly consists of about twenty eight hundred pages. The Chandi Purana another masterpiece from Sarala Das is his biggest creation and consists of almost eighty one hundred pages. It is considered that these epics i.e. the Vilanka Ramayana, the Mahabharat and the Chandi Purana are his best creations. Sarala Das was a great devotee of goddess Sarala but had equal respect for all other deity. Sarala Das is a respectable person of Orissa and is regarded as the father of Oriya literature because of his immense contribution to enrich Oriya literature.

Sarala Dasa (Oriya: )was one of the great scholars of Oriya literature whose work formed a perennial source of information for succeeding generations. He was the first scholar who wrote his works in Oriya in the 15th century AD. The life of Sarala Dasa is very obscure. The date of his birth can't be accurately determined, but he can safely be placed on the second half of the 15th century AD. He was born at Kanakavati Patana, known as Kanakapura, one of the Sidhikshetras in Jagatsinghpur District. His early name was Siddheswar Parida, later he was known as Sarala Dasa by the boon of goddess Sarala. There is a story, which tells us that Siddheswar in his boyhood was once ploughing his father's field and singing so melodiously that the goddess Sarala stopped and listened to his song and endowed him with her power of composing beautiful poems. Such stories are similar to those told of the early life of other Indian poets. Particularly of the great poet Kali Dasa, who is said to have illiterate in his early life but he could become a great poet through the grace of goddess Saraswati. Sarala Dasa belongs to Sudra Caste and was a cultivator by profession. The title "Dasa" means a slave or a servant of a particular god or goddess. We have this a long list of poets preceding and succeeding Sarala Dasa; whose names end with Dasa e.g. Vatra Dasa, Markanda Dasa, Sarala Dasa, Jagannatha Dasa, Balarama Dasa, Yasovanta Dasa etc. Sarala Dasa was famous for his three books - Mahabharata, Vilanka Ramayana and Chandi Purana. He has also written the book, Laxmi Narayana Vachanika. The Adi Parva Mahabharata opens with a long invocation addressed to the Lord Jagannatha of Puri, from which it is known that Sarala Dasa started writing his Mahabharata in the reign of Kapileswar, otherwise known as Kapilendra, the famous Gajapati king of Orissa (AD 1435-67). He tells us that Maharaja Kapilesvara with ennumberable offerings and many a salute was serving this great deity and hereby destroying the sins of Kali age. Sarala Dasa followed the main outline of Sanskrit Mahabharata in writing the Oriya Mahabharata. He made numerous deviations and added to it copiously the stories of his own

Dandanacha and Sakhinacha (Puppet Dance). Sarala Dasa had no systematic education from early age. What he wrote once was final. By the fifteenth century the Oriya language had assumed almost its modern form and had become ripe for literary compositions. In the final form Sarala Dasa's Mahabharata is a new creation analogus to Kalidasa's Raghuvamsa based on the Ramayana. What he achieved through selfeducation and untiring efforts have all been attributed to the grace of the goddess Sarala the deity of the devotion and inspiration.creation and various other matters known to him. Poetry was in the blood of Sarala Dasa and it flowed from his iron stylus as words flow from his mouth. One metrical peculiarity of these songs is that both the lines of a verse do not contain an equal number of letters though the last letters of both the lines produce the same sound. His verses are simple.[1] Mahabharata brought to light about the eighteen parvas like: y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y y Adiparva Sabhaparva Vanaparva Virata Parva Udaya Parva Vishma Parva Drona Parva Kanna Parva Slaya Parva Surtika Parva Stri Parva Shanti Parva Anusasanika Parva Asramavasika Prava Mahaprasthanika Parva Asvamedha Parva Mausala Parva Swargarohana Parva The Chandi Purana is based on the wellknown story of Durga killing Mahishasura (the buffalo headed demon) given in Sanskrit literature but here also the Oriya poet has chosen to deviate from the original at several points. the metre use by him can be regarded as a direct descendant of the metre used in the folk songs. His earliest work Vilanka Ramayana is a story of the fight between Rama and Shahasrasira Ravana (thousand headed Ravana). Such as Ghoda-nacha (Horse Dance). Earlier Oriya folk songs were orally popular and were being used in various folk dances. forceful and musical with no trace of artificiality in them. He had a finer sense of composition and application of all colloquial words for his poetical purpose. His writing was free from Sanskritisation. He was also motivated by a strong religious zeal to compose religious books in a language intelligible to all and to make . The predominant sentiment in Sarala Dasa's poem is not love but war. All the works of Sarala Dasa are found to have been composed with this metrical peculiarity and therefore.

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