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Eminent mardal player Banamali Maharana has been felicitated with Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja Award

Bhubaneswar:23/7/17: Eminent mardal player Banamali Maharana has been felicitated with the prestigious Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja Award for the year 2016.

State Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda presented Maharana with a citation, plaque and cash prize of Rs 1 lakh for his lifelong contribution to music industry at a special function here on Saturday. Besides, 16 others luminaries were also lauded with Odisha Sangeet Natak Academy awards for their immense contribution to classical dance like Odissi, folkdance, instrumental music, theatre and other performing arts. The awardees were felicitated with a cash prize of Rs 50,000 along with a citation and plaque.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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