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Eminent writer from Odisha Pratibha Ray received Padma Bhushan

 

Newdelhi:28/3/22: Eminent writer Odisha Pratibha Ray received Padma Bhushan from President Ram Nath Kovind at the 2022 Civil Investiture Ceremony-II at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday, for her contribution to the field of literature and education. A professor by profession and a writer by choice, she is a widely read author in Odisha and is also well known in the rest of the country through her translated works.

A professor by profession and a writer by choice, she is a widely read author in Odisha and is also well known in the rest of the country through her translated works. One of the leading fiction writers in India today, she has espoused the cause of womanhood. In all her works, the woman is the protagonist, redefining her role and determining parameters for herself and the society, in every walk of life.

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Working with the savage and aggressive Bonda tribe in 1985 is the hallmark of her career.

Born on January 21, 1944, at Alabol, a remote village in the Balikuda area of  Jagatsinghpur district, Odisha state, she is a committed academician and has been involved in active research.

Fearlessly writing on social order based on equality without class, caste, religion, or sex discrimination, she did not bow down to critics who branded her as a communist and feminist. “I am a humanist; men and women have been created differently for the healthy functioning of society. The specialties women have been endowed with should be nurtured further. As a human being however woman is equal to man,” she says.

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind with recipients of Padma Awards-2022 at the Civil Investiture Ceremony-II at Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 28, 2022.

As a feisty young woman, she did not give in to her father’s wishes of making her a doctor and left medical college just after taking admission to fulfill her dreams. She continued her science studies at Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Odisha without informing her father.

Pratibha married Akshaya Chandra Ray, an engineer in Odisha Government, after her graduation. After sending her three children to school, she did her Master’s in Education and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. Her post-doctoral research was on tribalism and criminology in the Bondo, one of the most primitive tribes of Odisha, India. She is the only writer  whose all books were published  by Adya Prakashani which  was founded by  her husband Akshaya Chandra Ray

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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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