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Noted litterateur Ramchandra Behera was conferred with the prestigious Atibadi Jagannath Das Award

Bhubaneswar:28/7/21:o Noted litterateur Ramchandra Behera was n Wednesday conferred with the prestigious Atibadi Jagannath Das Award, the highest literary award of the Odisha Sahitya Akademi.

Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Minister for Odia Language Literature & Culture Department and Tourism, presented the award to Behera along with a prize amount of Rs 5 lakh at a special function held here today.

Apart from Behera, 15 other writers– Debendra Kumar Dash, Girija Shankar Sharma, Ashok Kumar Patnaik, Babaji Charan Patnaik, Baidhar Sahu, Jivan Krushna Mohapatra, Digaraj Brahma, Rudranarayan Prusti, Soubhagini Mishra, Swarajyalaxmi Mishra, Krupasindhu Nayak, Nirmalprava Nayak, Rassheswari Mishra, Radhabinod Nayak, and Maheswar Mulia–  were also felicitated with certificate, trophy and prize amount of Rs 1 lakh at the function.

Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman is awarded by Odisha Sahitya Akademi to Odia language litterateurs for their lifetime contribution to Odia literature. Panigrahi said, “The Department is committed to the development, prosperity, and honour of our writers and litterateurs. We are grateful to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s approval and support of our efforts.”

Notably, the Odisha Sahitya Akademi in its executive council meeting had announced the awardees. The president of the Akademi Hrusikesh Mallick presided over the function. Additional Secretary and Director, Culture, Ranjan Kumar Das highlighted the importance of attracting more people towards literature and books. The Akademi held various competitions across the State on this occasion on July 25. As many as 1,186 students from different parts of Odisha participated in these events.

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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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