Debasish Samantaray is a youth literary icon. As a fine story writer and novelist he has six story collections and five novels to his credit. He has received several awards including state youth award and Kishori Charan Sanman etc. As a Senior Editor at Odisha Diary and as a Co-Convenor of Kalinga Literary Festival, Mr. Samantaray has been playing a key role in Odisha Diary’s “Connect Odisha” initiative. He has played an instrumental role in Kandhamal Literary Festival and in identifying young poets and writers at the district levels held in New Delhi, Shared History Festival in South Africa, India by Nile Festival held in Egypt & the Great Arc Festivals at London. He has been promoting the arts & culture of India at Singapore, London, South Africa, Israel, Egypt, South Korea and Hong Kong in a variety of Teamwork’s projects. He brings in his global experience to Odisha Diary and keeps us connected to global events in literature and culture.