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Odisha Chief Minister announced International Literary Award in memory of eminent litterateur Manoj Das

Bhubaneswar: 4/5/21: Odisha  Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced International Literary Award in memory of eminent litterateur Manoj Das who passed away on April 27.

Patnaik also announced to set up a library and museum at the birth place of Das. He said that the award carrying cash of Rs 10 lakh will be presented to Odia writers for creative English literature.

Besides the CM also said that ‘Manoj Kishor Sahitya Partibha Sanman, will be presented in high school level to encourage young students. The award of Rs 1 lakh each will be given in Odia and English category every year.

Patnaik said that the government will look after the paternal house of Das in Sankhari village of Balasore district.

Manoj Das was born in Balasore district and had started writing early. His first work a book of poetry in Odia, Satavdira Artanada was published 1949 when he was in high school. He had launched a literary magazine, Diganta in 1950.

He was awarded Padma Shri in 2001 and later awarded Padma Bhusan in 2020 for his contribution in the field of literature and education.

About Editor in chief

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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