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Poet Satrughna Pandav was bestowed with the prestigious Sarala Puraskar

Bhubaneswar: 26/10/18: Poet Satrughna Pandav on Friday was bestowed with the prestigious Sarala Puraskar instituted by IMFA’s charitable wing IMPaCT.

Pandav was felicitated with a cash award of Rs 5 lakh and a citation at a special function held in Bhubaneswar today. He received the Sarala Puraskar for his poetry collection ‘Misra Dhrupad.’

“It is a great feeling to be felicitated with the foremost literary award of Odisha as such recognition encourages and enhances creativity,” said Pandav.

Two more personalities were also honoured for their contribution in the fields of music and art. While eminent tabla player Umesh Chandra Kar received Ila Panda Sangeet Samman, Binod Moharana was felicitated with Ila Panda Chitrakala Samman.

“I am grateful to the institution for felicitating me. I had never worked for any awards. Still it is a nice feeling to be recognised,” said Moharana.

Both received cash awards of Rs 1.5 lakh each along with citations.

The Sarala Puraskar, instituted by eminent industrialist late Bansidhar Panda and late Ila Panda in 1979, is given by IMPaCT, the charitable wing of IMFA Group. The Sarala award is recognised as the foremost literary award of Odisha.

About Ashok Palit

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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