Gourahari’s association with the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi from 2008 to 2018, first as the Member of the Advisory Board and then as the Convenor of Odia Advisory Board and Member of its Executive Council bore much fruit. These ten years saw hundreds of programmes—Seminars, Symposia, Interactions and Meet the Author were organized in different parts of Odisha under his leadership. He has chaired and attended as the Guest of Honour at a number of National Seminars at Guwahati, Imphal,Agartala, Kolkata, Bodoland, New Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Trissur and Trvendrum. He was a member of Indian Writers Delegation to China in 2002 and has attended the World Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany in 2013. Besides, he has visited different countries like USA, UK, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Japan,  Malayasia, Netherland and Belgium etc.

He is the receipient of Sahitya Akademi(India’s National Academy of Letters) Award, Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award, Sangeet Natak Akademi Prize. He was a Senior Fellow of the Ministry of Culture of India and a Writer in Residency of Sahitya Akademi.

He is a member of Mahabodhi Society of India.