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Ramakanta Rath has been conferred with the prestigious ‘Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman’



Bhubaneswar:27/7/18; Noted poet Ramakanta Rath has been conferred with the prestigious ‘Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman’ for the year 2018, the highest honour of Odisha Sahitya Akademi, for his contribution to Odia literatureon 26th,July,2018

He received the award from Culture and Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda at a function organised by Odisha Sahitya Akademi at Rabindra Mandap in the city. He was given Rs 1 lakh as prize money.

he literary body also felicitated 15 other litterateurs of the State this evening.

Rath is famous for his poetry book ‘Sriradha’. It’s acknowledged as a modern classic. Some of the poems including ‘Kete Dinara’, ‘Aneka Kothari’, ‘Sandigdha Mrigaya’, ‘Saptama Ritu’ and ‘Sachitra Andhara’ are considered as his best works in the Odia poetry.

A number of his poems have also been translated into English and different other Indian regional languages.

Earlier, he was conferred the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1977, Saraswathi Samman in 1992, Bishuva Samman in 1990.

He has also received country’s third highest civilian honour, the Padma Bhushan in 2006.

He was the vice president of the Sahitya Academy from 1993 to 1998 and the president of the Sahitya Akademi from 1998 to 2003 in New Delhi.

Rath, born on December 13, 1934, in Cuttack, has completed his master degree in English from Ravenshaw College (now it is an university) and joined in Indian Administrative Service in 1957.  He was the former Chief Secretary of the State.


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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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