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Ramakanta Biswas

Noted painter Jagdish Kanungo and eminent Ghumura artiste Jayanta Behera have been selected to receive the prestigious Ila–Bansidhar Panda Kala Samman for the year 2021. 

The award, instituted by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT), the charitable wing of IMFA, will be conferred on the artistes for their excellence and lifetime achievements in the field of art and music. 

They will be feted with citations and a cash award of Rs 1.5 lakh each. 

Similarly, renowned narrator Paramita Satpathy will receive the 42nd edition of the prestigious Sarala Puraskar for the year 2021.  

She has been nominated for the award for her novel ‘Abhipret Kaal'. She will be receiving a cash award of Rs 5,00,000 along with a citation.

The award will be presented at the Sarala Puraskar awards ceremony scheduled to be held in October, the Trust said. 

Paramita has penned seven short story collections and several other novels. Her short story collection 'Prapti' was recognised with India's top literary honor, the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi award for Odia in 2016. Some of her other major works include Narikabi O Anyamane, Kurei Fula and Birala Rupaka.

The annual Sarala Puraskar instituted by eminent Odia industrialist late Dr. Bansidhar Panda and late Ila Panda in the year 1980, has been annually awarded by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT).

The Sarala Puraskar is recognised as the foremost literary award of Odisha. The Ekalabya Puraskar has also been instituted by IMPaCT to encourage promising sports talents of Odisha.

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