- 17 persons and 3 organisations received the Awards
- Freedom Fighter Gour Hari Das joined as esteemed guest
- Anant Mahadevan’s Film ‘Gour Hari Dastaan’ was screened
Bhubaneswar, 16 October: The first ever Odisha Excellence Award was conferred upon 17 exceptional Odia personalities and 3 successful organizations from Odisha in a special event on 15th October. Odisha Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal inaugurated the award festival and gave away all 20 awards. Celebrated Odia Freedom Fighter Gour Hari Das from Mumbai also joined the award festival as esteemed guest.
The award festival was organised by leading media organization and publication house ODIA MEDIA at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar. Odia Media director, author and journalist Subhransu Panda was also shared the stage with two stalwart guests.
Devdas Chhotray for excellence in Literature, Sampad Mohapatra for excellence in Journalism, actor Mihir Das for excellence in Cinema, music scientist Prem Anand for excellence in Music, income tax commissioner Sarat Kumar Das for excellence in Public Service, Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi secretary Manash Ranjan Jena for excellence in Art, Tenon group COO Sangam Dhar for excellence in Leadership, poet-activist Sankarsan Parida for excellence in Language, Dr. Anita Panda for excellence in Health Service, Konark International Cyclothon founder Sudhir Dash for excellence in Environment, Sarat Chandra Bhadra for excellence in Culture, Rabi Satapathy for excellence in youth development, Pandit Matruprasad Mishra for excellence in Philosophy, Biplab Jena for excellence in Social Service, Surya Mohanty for excellence in Theatre, Dr. Monica Das for excellence in Education and Swagat Routray for excellence in Skill Development received Odisha Excelence Award 2018.
Likewise Swosti Group of Hotels for excellence in Hospitality, JSPL Foundation for excellence in Sustainable Social Development and Adyant College for excellence in Education were also conferred with Odisha Excellence Award 2018. Swosti Group of Hotels Director Jitendra Kumar Mohanty, JSPL Vice President Prashant Kumar Hota and Adyant College founder Ajay Bahadur Singh received awards from Odisha Governor.
Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Surya Mohanty for excellence in Theatre
Festival director Subhransu Panda also felicitated His Excellency Governor of Odisha Prof. Ganeshi Lal. Governor himself felicitated freedom fighter Gour Hari Das. During felicitation Governor touched the feet of Sri Das and won the hearts of audiences with his simplicity and humility.
A souvenir edited by festival coordinator Gayatri Mavuru was also released by guests on dias. The souvenir contains details of the award ceremony, about the organization, profile of guests and awardees.
While festival director Subhransu Panda delivered the welcome address and introduction speech, organising team member Suchismita Prusty gave thanks at the end of the award ceremony.
After the award ceremony, Hiindi biopic GOUR HARI DASTAAN was screened. This film was made by renowned filmmaker Anant Mahadevan and based on the life Struggle of Odisha’s freedom fighter Gour Hari Das. After the film screening poet, lyricist and film enthusiast Devdas Chootray delivered his comments on the movie.
Social activist Subhendu Das, poet Girish Ranjan, artist Ashok Nayak, social entrepreneur Dr Rajanikant Tarai and many other members from the organizing committee were also present at Rabindra Mandap to conduct the festival successfully.
Dr Mrutyunjay Rath was compering the festival.
Authors, artists, theatre enthusiasts, film makers, musicians, social activists and intellectuals from different walks of life were present among the audience.
Under the leadership of author and journalist Subhransu Panda, Odia Media also organizes numerous national level festivals like Bhubaneswar Literary Festival, Bhasha Festival and Koraput Literary Festival.