Nila Madhab Panda, Haldar Nag receive Padma Shri award

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Film maker Nila Madhab Panda and Koshali poet Haldhar Nag of Odisha were awarded the prestigious Padma Shri award today at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

President of India Pranab Mukherjee presented the award to Panda and Nag for their distinguished service in Film Direction and Production and Literature & Education fields respectively.

Appreciating their tremendous achievements, Juhar Parivam, a voluntary organization formed by the people of Western Odisha, felicitated the duo in the national capital yesterday.

Senior administrative officer Arabinda Padhee and Lok Sabha MP Pravash Singh were present at the occasion.

The Sonepur-born, internationally acclaimed film maker has produced and directed over 70 movies, documentaries and short films. The 42-year-old’s movies are based on social and developmental issues.

On the other hand, 66-year-old poet Koshali poet and writer Haladhar Nag has carved a niche for himself in the literary field. Impressed by his poetry, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) had filmed a documentary on his life and works.