Bhubaneswar, 09th September 2016 (OdishaLIVE Bureau): Renowned Odishi dance guru Kishore Kumar Mohanty and eminent Odia cine actress Jharana Das were honored with the prestigious Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award 2016 for lifetime achievement. The awards were presented by Naveen Pattnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha.
The award, given in memory of the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, carries a cash prize of Rs one lakh and a citation. The Award was instituted in the year 1995 with a view to generating a feeling of cultural amity amongst the performing arts fraternity and acknowledging the excellence and contribution of great artists in the field of dance, music, theatre and cinema.
Guru Kelucharan Mohaptra Yuva Prativa Samman 2016 for exceptional diligence and accomplishment was awarded to Shri Rajib Bhattacharya (Odissi-Dance), Smt Madhusmita Mohanty (Odissi-Dance), Shri P. Praveen Kumar (Bharatnatyam-Dance) and Sri Rupak Kumar Parida (Odissi-Vocal).
Shri Debiprasad Mishra, Hon’ble Minister, Industries, School & Mass Education; Shri Ashok Kumar Tripathy, Former Member, Board of Revenue; Shri Manoranjan Panigrahy, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Culture and I & PR Department and Guru Ratikanta Mohapatra, Director, Srjan were among the dignitaries who graced the occasion.