Samarendra Das is a journalist, bilingual author, filmmaker and political activist. He was trained in mathematics and computer science at the universities of Brahmapur and Indore in India.
Samarendra’s books in the Odia language translate as: Rashoman and Other Stories
(1998) on the theme of State censorship; From Salunki to St Lawrence
(2001), reflective essays on travel; and Identity Quest
(2002), a translation with commentary of writings by Nirmal Varma on the relationship between Eastern and Western cultures. He also co-authored Out of This Earth: East India Adivasis and the Aluminium Cartel
(2010) with Dr. Felix Padel of the University of Sussex.
His main documentary films, with Amarendra Das, are: Wira Pdika
or Earth Worm : Company Man
(2005), about mining in Orissa; Ladaat Jaare
or The Struggle
(2006), about forest rights in central India; and Kandhamal 2008
(2011), about the communal violence that engulfed his home district in Odisha.
Samarendra is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for World Environmental History, Sussex University, and a co-founder of the grassroots organisation Foil Vedanta
. He is currently working on a film on illegal iron ore mining in India and a booklet called Sabu Luha Lokonkoro
or Iron ore is for Everyone