Bhubaneswar4/5/22: The second Akshaya Upanayasa Puraskar, instituted by the Pratibha Ray Foundation Trust was conferred on writer Ranjan Pradhan for his novel “Budha Balangara Majhi” in an elegant ceremony at Jaydev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar today, i.e. 4th May 2022.
The award has been instituted in memory of eminent engineer Shri Akshaya Chandra Ray, the founder of renowned publishing house Adya Prakashani. Vice-president of the Trust, Dr. Adyasha Das presented the profile of the Trust and its multi-pronged objectives. The award included a cash prize of Rs 51,000, a citation, and a memento. Adviser, PRF Trust, Dr.Basant Panda discussed the significance of “Budha Balangara Majhi”, the award-winning novel.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest, Soumya Ranjan Pattnaik, Editor, Sambad said it was a blessing to receive an award instituted by the Trust of Jnanpith laureate Pratibha Ray. He said the award would encourage young writers to choose novel writing as their creative genre. The Guest of Honour, Shri Tarunakanti Mishra, eminent writer and Ex-Chief Secretary of Odisha extolled the virtues of Shri Akshaya Chandra Ray and praised the endeavor of the Trust for creating this opportunity for young writers. Ranjan Pradhan, Awardee and recipient of the Akshaya Upanyasa award emphasized the importance of recognition in strengthening his literary pursuits. He said receiving the prestigious Akshaya Upanyasa Puraskar has motivated him to focus more on his creative pursuits.
Eminent writer, Dr. Pratibha Ray, President of the Trust stated that the trust conceived of this award to recognize young writers and encourage more such talents in the field of novel writing in Odia. Lipi Patnaik, Trustee elaborated on the significance of the various activities undertaken by the Trust. Ishani Das, Secretary presented the vote of thanks. Reputed Odia writer & moderator of the program, Shri Debaprasad Dash hosted the event in a creative and brilliant manner.
On this occasion, Shri Ashok Mohanty, Paschima Publication, publisher of “Budha Balangara Majhi” and Shri Alankar Acharya were felicitated with “Sudhi Prakashaka” and “Priya Pathak” Samman respectively. Many literary luminaries attended the function. It is worthy to note that the First Akshaya Upanyasa Puraskar was presented last year to writer Swagatika Swain for her novel “Drohakal”.