- Governor Confers Odisha Excellence Award 2018
- 17 persons and 3 organisations received the Awards
- Freedom Fighter Gour Hari Das joined as esteemed guest
Bhubaneswar, 18 October: Bollywood biopic “Gour Hari Dastaan”, directed by Anant Mahadevan and based on the life struggle of Odia freedon fighter Gour hari Das, was screened during Odisha Excellence Award 2018 (#OEA2018) festival at Rabindra Mandap in Bhubaneswar. Gour Hari Das, staying in Mumbai since 1952, was also present in the audience during the screening on 15th October 2018 evening.
Among others celebrated poet Ramakanta Rath, veteran singer Pranab Patnaik, poet and lyricist Devdas Chhotray, senior journalist Sampad Mahapatra, veteran actor Mihir Das,neurologist Dr Amiya Kumar Mohapatra, senior author Hiranmayee Mishra, poet Pabitra Mohan Kar, painter Manash Ranjan Jena, painter Birendra Pani, Income Tax Commissioner Sarat Dash, economist Dr Monica Das, ophthalmologist Dr Anita Panda and many more celebrated faces, authors, artists, theatre enthusiasts, film makers, musicians, social activists and intellectuals from different walks of life were seen in the audience.
While Santanu Ganguly, film curator from New Delhi, delivered a brief introduction prior to the screening of the movie. Poet and lyricist Devdas Chhotray gave concluding remark after the screening. Emotional audience paid an one minute standing ovation to Sri Gour Hari Das.
The movie screening was a part of Odisha Excellence Award 2018 organised by Odisha’s leading media and publication house Odia Media.
The first ever Odisha Excellence Award was conferred upon 17 exceptional Odia personalities and 3 successful organizations from Odisha in this special event. Odisha Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal inaugurated the award festival and gave away all 20 awards. Celebrated Odia Freedom Fighter Gour Hari Das also joined the award festival as esteemed guest. 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 Sangram 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.
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.
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.