Subas Pani has a Master’s degree in English. After teaching in the Postgraduate department of Utkal University he joined the Indian Administrative Service. In his distinguished career as a civil servant, he was Chief Secretary of Government of Odisha, Secretary Rural Development and Land Resources and Planning Commission in Government of India. After retirement from the IAS, he was Chairman and MD of the India Trade Promotion Organization.
A well-known expert in the fields of Planning, Systems, IT, Industry, Infrastructure, Trade Promotion and Elections, Dr. Subas Pani set up the Software Technology Park and the International Institute of Information Technology at Bhubaneswar. He pioneered ICT solutions in Indian Languages and conceived and implemented national systems for Electoral Management like Computerization of Electoral Rolls, Electoral ID Cards, the largest Electoral Website and use of Electronic Voting Machines. A life member of the Computer Society of India (CSI), he has been conferred its prestigious fellowship in 2009.
Dr. Subas Pani has an abiding lifelong interest in academic and cultural fields with a number of books and articles. He has a Ph. D on Jayadeva’s Sri Geetagovinda based on a multi-disciplinary research covering literature, history and cultural heritage. His publications include “Orissa – Her Monuments and Their Tales”, “Palm Leaf Paintings of Orissa – a Selection from the Orissa State Museum”, “Jagannatha Consciousness” (Edited), “Balasore its Historical & Cultural Heritage” (Edited) and “Blue Hill – Hymns to Jagannatha”, English verse translations from Sanskrit and Odia. His travel articles have appeared in Swagat and Namaskar. He has translated an English biography of the Odissi legend, Guru Kelu Charan Mahapatra to Odia. His latest book ‘Sampoorna Geetagovinda’in Odia provides a critical edition of the authentic text of Jayadeva’s Geetagovinda with variant readings, anvaya, word by word meanings and a prose translation along with a comprehensive introduction and includes complete musical notations of all songs and slokas.
He has composed music for a set of five audio CDs titled “Sampoorna Geetagovinda”, released bySAREGAMA in 2008, already a collector’s item. Subsequently, in creative collaboration with senior dancers and gurus of Odissi he has presented new choreography of all the songs of Geetagovinda based on his music composition. He has conceived and curated a number of Cultural Events and city level festivals such as Kumar Utsav at Jeypore, the Mukteswar Dance Festival at Bhubaneswar, the Srikshetra Utsasv at Puri, Nritya Bharati at Puducherry and Delhi and the Ashtapadi Festival at Delhi and recently twin festivals of dance and vocal music presenting all twenty four songs of Geetagovinda based on his music composition. He is a regular television commentator on the national and international channels of Doordarshan for live telecast of Ratha Yatra, the annual festival of chariots at Puri.
He is a life member of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). He is currently a trustee of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA). He is also on the board of Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi and Minerals and Materials Trading Corporation of India.
An author, translator, composer and creative director, Dr Subas Pani is an independent research scholar with interests in Jagannatha, Jayadeva and the cultural heritage of India. He lives in Delhi and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org .