Akhil Mohan Patnaik was born in 1927.He is primarily a short story writer, was born in Khurda .His father, Bankanidhi Patnaik Headmaster of the Khurda High School, had a literary taste and wrote short stories. Akhil Mohan completed his studies at Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. After passing B.A. and LL.B. examinations he started his career as an advocate at Bhubaneshwar.
Akhil Mohan’s first story Sapan was published in 1948. Thereafter he wrote about fifty stories which were published in different rnagazines in odisha. His collections, Jhadar Eagle 0 dharanir krushnasar and 0 Andhagali were published in 1961 and 1979. His unpublished stories came out in a volume, Nadir nam ganatantra after his death. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1981 for 0 Andhagali. His last story ‘Kaniapa’ was widely appreciated for its human values.