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The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu honouring the Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Biswabhusan Harichandan with the prestigious ‘Kalinga Ratna’, in Cuttack, Odisha on April 02, 2021.
	The Governor of Odisha, Prof. Ganeshi Lal is also seen.
The Vice President, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu honouring the Governor of Andhra Pradesh, Shri Biswabhusan Harichandan with the prestigious ‘Kalinga Ratna’, in Cuttack, Odisha on April 02, 2021. The Governor of Odisha, Prof. Ganeshi Lal is also seen.

Odisha-born Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan received the Kalinga Ratna Samman

Cuttack:2/4/21:Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan has been conferred the ‘Kalinga Ratna’ award for the year 2021. The award instituted by Sarala Sahitya Sansad was presented to Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan by M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India, during the 600th Birth Anniversary of Adikabi Sarala Das and 40th Annual Celebrations of Sarala Sahitya Sansad during the programme held at Sarala Bhawan in Cuttack today, 02.04.21. The Kalinga Ratna award carried a silver statue of Goddess Saraswati and a copper plaque.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu described Sarala Das as Adi Kavi and a genius in the field of Odia literature. The Vice President said ‘Sarala Mahabharat’ written by Sarala Das in the 15th century, the first complete Mahabharat in a regional language, is a classic example of popularity and adoption of literature in the spoken dialect. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has congratulated Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan on conferring the Kalinga Ratna award. Speaking on the occasion, Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan has said literary works should be in a manner to make it attractive to children and anything learnt in one’s mother tongue will never be forgotten. Literature learnt during one’s childhood leads them to their personality development at a later stage, said Governor Harichandan. Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan said Sarala Das was an excellent literary genius of the 15th century who is well known as Adi Kavi, who contributed to epic literary works in Odia in a spoken dialect easily read and understood by everyone.

Biswa Bhusan Harichandan was also a cabinet minister in the BJD-BJP led coalition government in 2004. In July 2019, he was appointed as the 23rd Governor of Andhra Pradesh. The veteran politician has also authored several books including ‘Matrubhasa’, ‘Bhasa Jhalaka’, ‘Rana Pratap’, ‘Astasikha Manasi’ and ‘Sangrama Sarinahi’.

Odisha Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan, President of Sarala Sahitya Sansad Dr Prabhakar Swain, several poets and literary personalities participated in the programme.

 

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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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