Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu was born on 22nd December 1926 at Niali – Village of Cuttack district. He started his career as a Lecturer in Oriya literature.
In the post-independence period, he is known as a best story-writer. He is adorned with different awards for his favourite short stories which have been admired by scholars and general public. These include ‘AKASHA PATATA’ story book for which he received Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award in 1979. For his story edition titled ‘ABHISAPTA GANDHARVA’ in 1983, he received Sarala Award and again in 1984 he was adorned Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for the same book.
His story editions include PREMA TRIBHUJA published in 1952, MICHHA BAGHA in 1955, SRUNANTU SARBE AMRUTASYA PUTRA IN 1957, GANJEI O’ GABESANA IN 1961, RANU APA THARU PUSHI PARJYANTA, ANDHA RATIRA SURYA, (1965), ANYA RUPA RUPANTARA, AKASHA PATALA, ABHISAPTA GANDHARBA, PINGALA SE ANYA JANE, KAPOTA PAKHI GRU MORA, SUMITRARA HASA, BISHNU MAYA, MICHHA BAGHA, PAPA O’ MUKTI, SE KALA PAKHALA, BRUNDABANARA SESHA DHUPA, JA DEVI SAMA GRUSHESU, GALPA BICHITRA, NIBEDITARA NAISYABHISARA. His novels include DHARA O DHARA, TAMASI RADHA, HANSA MITHUNA. His criticism books include ‘SAHITYARA KATHA O RAMYA RACHANA SAHITYARA PARABAR.