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Eminent writer Pratibha Ray would be conferred with the coveted Sarala Award

Bhubaneswar:26/11/19 Eminent writer Pratibha Ray would be conferred with the coveted Sarala Award at a special function scheduled to be held on December 8, 2019.

Ray will receive the award from Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhushan Harichandan.

Ray was also the first woman to win the Moortidevi Award in 1991 for her magnum opus ‘Yajnaseni’. She is also the recipient of Sarala Award in 1990 for her book ‘Yajnaseni’.

Prior to that, she was honoured with Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award for ‘Shilapadma’ in 1985.

Last year, she was appointed as the chairperson of Jnanpith Selection Board.

Though Ray’s literary journey started at nine, she received recognition as a writer with her first novel “Barsa Basanta Baishakha” in 1974 followed by “Aranya”, 1977, “Nishidha Prithivi”, 1978, “Parichya”, 1979, “Aparichita”, 1979 (a film was made and won Best Film-Story award from the state government), Punyatoya, 1979, Meghamedura, 1980, Ashabari, 1980, Ayamarambha, 1981, Nilatrishna, 1981, Samudrara Swara, 1982.

Ray’s Shilapadma in 1983 won her the Orissa Sahitya Academy Award, 1985

Last year, she was appointed as the chairperson of Jnanpith Selection Board.

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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