Bhubaneswar: ‘Astaraga’ a translation from Assamese into Odia had brought in the Odisha Sahitya Akademi award for her in 2007.
This time for ‘Ashirbadara Ranga’ an Odia translation by Monalisa Jena of Arun Sharma’s Assamese book has been nominated for the Kendra Sahitya Akademi award 2016.
“It’s an honour to have been selected for the Central Sahitya Akademi award. I shall continue translating books in future” said Monalisa
Many Odia to English and English to Odia translations are to the credit of Monalisa. Born on 10 December , 1963 to a humble family in Khurda Monalisa completed her MBA from IGNOU after graduating in Economics from Ravenshaw College.
Monalisa works as a lecturer of Economics . She works as the journalist too. She has authored over 15 books. Two of her best selling books are Indra Malatira Shoka and Ye Sabu Dhruba Muhurta.