Padmashree for Nila Madhab Panda, Haldar Nag

Bhubaneswar: Film director and producer Nila Madhab Panda and Kosli poet Haldar Nag of Odisha will be awarded the prestigious Padma Shri for their distinguished service in Film Direction and Production and Literature & Education fields, respectively, said a release issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday.

Besides, Sribhas Chandra Supakar, originally from Sambalpur who has settled in Uttar Pradesh, will also be honoured with the Padma Shri in the field of Textile Designing.

The President of India will confer the award on 83 Padma Shri awardees, including Panda and Nag, at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhawan around March or April this year.

In his first reaction after the announcement of the award, Panda said, “This award is a great honour to me and will encourage me to work in the direction of making more films on several issues of the country.”

Similarly, poet Haldhar Nag expressed happiness for the award. He dedicated the award for Kosali language.

“I am personally happy for being selected to get Padma Shri award. But, this award is a matter of great pleasure not for me only, but for the Koshal soil and Koshali language”, an elated Nag said.

The release also announced the names of 10 persons for Padma Vibhushan and 19 for Padma Bhushan awards.