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Three persons from Odisha have been selected for the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Awards 2021

Bhubaneswar:30/12/21: As many as three persons from Odisha have been selected for the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Awards 2021

Eminent Odia poet Hrushikesh Mallick has added another feather to his cap after being selected for the Sahitya Akademi Award. As per the Akademi’s announcement, Mallick has been selected for the honour for his book ‘Sarijaithiba Opera’.

Noted literature Digaraj Brahma has also been selected to receive the Akademi’s Bal Sahitya Puraskar for his book ‘Geeta Kahe Matira Katha’. Similarly, well-known young literature Debabrata Das has been chosen for the Yuva Puraskar for his book ‘Sparsha Ebam Anyanya Galpa’.

Mallick was appointed as the president of Odisha Sahitya Akademi in May 2021 and is still continuing at the post. Mallick’s works have earned him accolades and appreciation from all quarters. He has also been honoured with several awards including Sarala Puraskar, Sachi Routray Kabita Puraskar and Jhankar Bishuba Puraskar, to name a few. Sarala Puraskar 2016 was conferred on him for his work ‘Jeje Dekhi Nathiba Bharat’.

Mallick has 40 books to his credit. Of those, while 12 books are on poetry, two are story collections and 10 are on literary criticism. His poems have been translated into English, Hindi, and Bengali languages.

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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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