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Renowned Odia writer Banaja Devi received the prestigious ‘Sarala Award’

Bhubaneswar:26/10/17; Renowned Odia writer Banaja Devi received the prestigious ‘Sarala Award’ instituted by IMFA’s charitable wing IMPaCT for her story collection ‘Kathapua’ and overall literary achievements for the year 2017 during the 38th edition of the event here on Thursday.

Devi was conferred the Award by Chief Guest Padmashree Mamang Dai. Devi received a cash award of Rs 5 lakh along with a citation.

On the occasion, renowned vocalist Dr. Ghasiram Mishra was conferred with Ila Panda Sangeet Samman. Similarly, eminent artist Dr Durga Prasad Das was presented Ila Panda Chitrakala Samman. Both Mishra and Das received cash awards of Rs 1.5 lakh each along with citations.

The annual Sarala Award was instituted in 1979 by IMPaCT. Sarala Award is recognised as the foremost literary award of Odisha.

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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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