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Three eminent litterateurs from Odisha received the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman

Bhubaneswar29/1/19: Three eminent litterateurs from Odisha on Monday received the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Bhasha Samman for the year 2017 and 2018.

The three writers—Professor Gaganendra Nath Dash, Dr Prafulla Kumar Tripathy and poet Haladhar Nag—received the award at a special function organised at Rabindra Bhavan Lawns in New Delhi.

While Dash conferred the award for Odia language for the year 2018, Tripathy and Nag jointly received the award for Koshali-Sambalpuri language for 2017. As Dash could not attend the function due to illness, his son Tapan Kumar Dash received the award on his behalf.

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Each Bhasha Samman carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, an inscribed copper plaque and citation.

Notably, Sahitya Akademi is organizing the ‘Festival of Letters’ from 28th January to 2nd February. About 200 representatives from different states will participate in the event.

Well-known educationist and literary critic Prof Dasarathi Das will be conferred the prestigious Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award 2018 tomorrow.

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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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