Storyteller of stories from common to uncommon, Jitendra Narayan Dash or popularly known by his pen name “Dash Benhur”is a Sahitya Akademi award winner writer from Odisha. He was born in Khandapada in Nayagarh district, Odisha. He retired as the Principal of Samanta Chandrasekhar (Autonomous) College, Puri. He is a founder member of Aama Odisha. He has crafted numerous books in the genre of children stories, collection of poems, short stories and novel.