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Delhi-based think tank Odisha Forum conferred the prestigious Prabasi Odia Samman to 6 eminent persons

Newdelhi:14/7/18;Delhi-based think tank Odisha Forum  had conferred the prestigious Prabasi Odia Samman to 6 eminent persons on July 13. The award was given to these six eminent personalities in glittering function at PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi  on the occasion of Annual Function of Odisha Forum. Dipak Misra, Chief Justice of India had grace the occasion as Chief Guest in the function.Among the 6 honourees is actor, thinker, filmmaker and activist Nandita Das, who will be conferred the award at Odisha Forum’s annual function at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi.


nandita Comodia2odia2menting her receipt of this award, “While I never lived in Odisha, my father has instilled in me his own passion for Odiya food, craft, arts and culture. In my childhood, I went to Odisha every single year. So while I feel like a global citizen, I still feel deeply connected to my roots in Odisha. Though I always say I’m half Odiya, half Gujarati and I’ve done films in 10 different languages – it’s nice to be pan-Indian – it also does feel special to be selected for this honour by the Odisha Forum.”Nandita Das will be joined by Dr Swarup Ranjan Mishra, a member of parliament from Kenya who is also a reputed doctor and social worker, Dr Susmita Mohanty, a space entrepreneur and designer, Dr Pinaki Panigrahi, a doctor-scientist and pioneer in Public Health, Ms. Sharon Lowen, a noted exponent of Odissi dance and Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, an agricultural scientist.


A known talent and voice in India, Nandita Das, apart from being one of the finest actresses of our time, is also a conscientious activist who speaks her mind. Her second directorial venture, Manto, narrates a turbulent time of great change that greatly influenced author and playwright, Saadat Hasan Manto’s life. The film is a compelling portrait of a courageous writer and complex man, known for his fearless opinions. The film is deeply relevant to our times as Manto wrote about the unsavoury, difficult truths that no one dared to talk about, many of which remain part our society today.

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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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