Governor Gives Away Odisha Excellence Award 2018

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 - Awardees with guests on dias
  • 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 to Devdas Chhotray for excellence in Literature

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Sampad Mahapatra for excellence in Journalism

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Prem Anand for excellence in Music

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Mihir Das for excellence in Cinema

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Sarat Kumar Dash for excellence in Public Service

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Manash Ranjan Jena for excellence in Art

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Jitendra Kumar Mohanty (Swosti Group of Hotels) for excellence in Hospitality

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Sangram Dhar for excellence in Leadership

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to JSPL Foundation for excellence in Sustainable Social Development, JSPL Vice President Prashant Kumar Hota receives the award

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Surya Mohanty for excellence in Theatre

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Sankarsan Parida for excellence in Language

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Dr Anita Panda for excellence in Health Service

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Sudhir Dash for excellence in Environment

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Adyant Higher Secondary School for excellence in Education,the chairman of the Institution Ajay Bahadur Singh receives the award

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Sarat Chandra Bhadra for excellence in Culture

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Rabi Satapathy for excellence in Youth Development

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Biplab Das for excellence in Social Service

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Pandit Matruprasad Mishra for excellence in Philosophy

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Dr Monica Das for excellence in Education

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 to Swagat Routray for excellence in Skill Development

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.

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 – Festival Director Subhransu Panda felicitates His Excellency Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 – Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal felicitates freedom fighter Gour Hari Das

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.

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 – Festival Souvenir released by Guests

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.

Odisha Excellence Award 2018 – Devdas Chhotaray gives closing remarks after the movie screening – festival director Subhransu Panda and freedom fighter Gour Hari Das are also present

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.

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