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Five eminent personalities from Odisha have been selected to receive Padma Shri

Bhubaneswar:25/1/18; Five eminent personalities from Odisha have been selected to receive Padma Shri — the fourth highest civilian award in India, this year which were announced today on the eve of Republic Day.

Noted Odisha-born film director Sisir Misra, Prabhakara Maharana (Sculpture), Gobardhan Panika (Art-Weaving), Bhabani Charan Pattanaik (Public Affairs), While Chandra Sekhar Rath (Literature and Education)selected in  posthumous categeory

Notably, Mishra also known as Sisir P. Mishra is an Indian director and a screenplay writer born in Brahmapur, Odisha. Mishra is known for his work in movies like Billoo Baadshah (1989) and Samay Ki Dhara (1986). He was a lecturer in Physics. But he left that job and moved to Mumbai in 1965 and started his film career in Hindi films as Assistant Director under Mehboob Khan (Mother India).His name is sponsored by Maharastra Government.

Some of his best films in odia are Sindura Bindu (1976), Suna Sansar (1977), Subarna Sita (1983), Samaya Bada Balwan (1985), Aei Aama Sansara (1986), Bastra Haran (1991), Suna Bhauja (1194) and Sabata Maa (2003).

Rath is a doyen of Odia literature excelling in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, andpoetry. he has been selected in  posthumous category

Prabhakara Maharana Moharana was born into an artisan family in a village near the famous Surya Temple of Konark in 1960. He had his schooling and childhood days in the village and had inclination towards drawings and paintings that tempted him to visit different temples in Konark, Bhubaneswar and Puri to draw sketches of different art forms from sculptures and paintings. He has spent days and nights in temples and there have been instances where temple authorities have thrown him out.

About Editor in chief

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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