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Odia Language, Literature and Culture Department conferred prestigious ‘Dharmapada award’

Bhubaneswar:10/8/20: Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi’s highest award in the field of art and sculpture, the ‘Dharmapada award’ was given to seven eminent Odia artists on Monday. The award has been provided for their lifetime achievement in their respective fields. Odisha Culture and Tourism Minister Jyotiprakash Panigrahi visited the awardees’ houses to felicitate them. Dharmapada award was given to Gokul Bihari Patnaik (2009), Asim Basu (2010), Durga Prasad Das (2011), Sudarshan Sahu (2012), Padma Bhusan Jatin Das (2013), Dinanath Pathi (2014) and Padma Bibhusan Raghunath Mahapatra (2015). Gokul Bihari Patnaik, Asim Basu, and Dinanath Pathi got the award posthumously.

Late Patnaik’s wife Anusuya Patnaik, late Basu’s wife Geeta Basu and late Pathi’s son Soubhagya Kumar Pathi received the awards. As Dr Jatin Das could not be present in Bhubaneswar in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, a representative of Lalit Kala Akademi will go to New Delhi to present the award to him. Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi president Padma Shri Sudarshan Patnaik, and Akademi secretary Gajendra Sahu were present on this occasion.

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Dr Jatin Das could not be present in Bhubaneswar in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, a representative of Lalit Kala Akademi will go to New Delhi to present the award to him. Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi president Padma Shri Sudarshan Patnaik, and Akademi secretary Gajendra Sahu were present on this occasion. The award, highest honour presented by Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi, carries Rs one lakh, a citation, and a shawl.

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After being embroiled in controversies for over a decade that stalled the entire award-giving process, ‘Dharmapada’ awards will finally be conferred on the artists. Interestingly, Asit Mukherjee was the last to be conferred with the award in 2006. Subsequently, the Academy announced names of the awardees from 2009 onwards and no explanation was given for those missing years. Among those nominated were the ones who had dragged the award to court alleging irregularities. While Dinanath Pathy had alleged irregularities in the nomination of the awards in 2008, Asim Basu and Durga Prasad Das along with Pathy were among the 11 artists who had written to the Chief Minister on February 4, 2009, complaining against Chandramani Biswal, who was the Secretary of Odisha Lalit Kala Academy in 2008.

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Two other winners – Sudarshan Sahoo and Raghunath Mohapatra – were part of the search committee for the award,  but they resigned and got the awards themselves.

 

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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