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Sarala Puraskar was conferred on well-known Odia writer Paramita Satpathy

Bhubaneswar:27/10/21: Sarala Puraskar was conferred on well-known Odia writer Paramita Satpathy at a simple ceremony in the IMFA office, here on Tuesday. The Sarala Puraskar, instituted by eminent Odia industrialist Dr. Bansidhar Panda and Ila Panda in 1980, IMFA Charitable Foundation trustee Paramita Panda presented the prestigious award to Satpathy for her novel ‘Abhipreta Kaal’. The award carries a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a memento. It is instituted by industrialists Bansidhar Panda and Ila Panda and is given by IMFA’s Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust since 1980.

The Ila-Bansidhar Panda Kala Samman was also presented to veteran painter Jagdish Chandra Kanungo and Ghumra artiste Jayant Kumar Behera on the occasion. Both the artists received a cash award of Rs 1.5 lakh each besides mementos.

Congratulating the award winners, Panda remembered the contribution of Bansidhar Panda and Ila Panda towards enriching the language and literature, art, and ancient culture of Odisha. Three short documentary films on the awardees were screened and a brochure of Sarala Puraskar- 2021 was unveiled on the occasion.

Odisha Sahitya Akademi president Dr Hrushikesh Mallick, Dr Krushna Chandra Pradhan, Prof Babaji Charan Patnaik, Dr Praveena Mohanty, Surya Mishra, Deb Prasad Dash, Dr. Shyamamani Devi, Dr. Aruna Mohanty, and Panchami Manu Ukil constituted the jury for selecting the awardees.

Chief coordinator of Sarala Puraskar Saroj Bal moderated the proceedings.

Year   Sarala Puraskar Recipients
2020 – Shri Nityananda Nayak
2019 – Dr. Pradeep Dash
2018 – Dr. Satrughna Pandav
2017 – Smt Banaja Devi
2016 – Dr. Hrushikesh Mallick
2015 – Mr. Manoj Kumar Panda
2014 – Mr. Prafulla Das
2013 – Mr. Achyutananda Pati
2012 – Dr. Hrushikesh Panda
2011 – Mr. Harihar Mishra
2010 – Smt Binapani Mohanty
2009 – Dr. Prasanna Kumar Mishra
2008 – Mr. Haraprasad Das
2007 – Dr. Dasarathi Das
2006 – Smt Annapurna Maharana
2005 – Mr. Hrudananda Ray
2004 – Mr. Satakadi Hota
2003 – Mr. Jagdish Mohanty
2002 – Mr. Uttam Kumar Pradhan & Mr. Srinivas Udgata
2001 – Mr Tarun Kanti Mishra
2000 – Mr. Gopal Chottray
1999 – Dr Bibhuti Bhusan Pattnaik
1998 – Dr. Jagannath Prasad Dash
1997 – Mr Manmohan Choudhury
1996 – Padamshree Late Dr. S N Rajguru
1995 – Mr Rajendra Kishore Panda
1994 – Prof Bhubaneswar Behera
1993 – Dr. Nrushinga Charan Panda
1992 – Dr (Mrs) Prativa Satpathy
1991 – Mr Rama Chandra Behera & Late (Mr) Rabi Pattnaik
1990 – Mr Monoranjan Das & Mrs Prativa Roy
1989 – Mr. Chittaranja Das
1988 – Mr. Sarat Kumar Mohanty
1987 – Mr. Santanu Kumar Acharya
1986 – Mr. Kishore Charan Das
1985 – Dr Sitakanta Mohapatra

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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