Ramakanta Biswas

Bhubaneswar: Renowned poet Nityanda Nayak received the prestigious Sarala Puraskar on Monday. He was honoured with the 41st edition of the literary award for his poetry collection ‘Sete Bela Ku Nathibi,’ published in 2017 by Friends’ Publishers.

Nayak was presented with a citation, trophy and Rs 5 lakh in a short programme organised in compliance with Covid-19 restrictions.

Similarly, Ila Panda Chitrakala Samman was presented to renowned artist Shyamsundar Pattanayak and Ila Panda Sangeet Samman to renowned musician Ranjeet Kumar Nag along with citation and Rs 1.5 lakh cash awards each.

Speaking on the occasion, trustee Paramita Panda said, "We don’t have a stage or a guest to confer the award. But we don’t feel the absence of any guest as the three great famous talents who are being awarded by us today are our esteemed guests."

The annual Sarala Puraskar instituted by eminent Odia industrialist Late Dr. Bansidhar Panda and Late Mrs. Ila Panda in the year 1980, has been continuously awarded by Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT). IMPaCT is the charitable wing of IMFA Ltd., the leading and the only fully integrated producer of ferro alloys in India.

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.

(Edited By Bikram Keshari Jena)

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