Mr. Akhaya Kumar Parija – Noted Banker, Businessman and Philanthropist
Akshay Kumar Parija is an avid promoter of Performing Arts and Culture of Odisha like Odissi, Chau, Pala, Daskathia etc around the world.
As a filmmaker, he gained international recognition for his Odia film “Jianta Bhoota” which won six awards in various International Festivals, a first for Odia Film Industry. He also won the prestigious National Award for the film from President of India Mrs. Pratibha Patil for the Best Film on Protection of Environment. The film sensitively portrayed the exploitation of nature and human beings in the name of development and idustrialization. The film also won record seven State Awards.
His second film” Thukul” which dealt with an Odia girl’s strenuous journey into Odissi stardom has already won five State Awards, which is again highest this year. Besides, the film has won four awards in Tarang Cine Award and four awards in ETV Cine Award. The film deals with the sad perception of the society for girls learning dancing.
A banker for more than thirty years in the Middle East in top management positions, Mr Parija cofounded Blue Lines Shipping Group in 2010 in Dubai with operations in United States of America, Singapore, Oman and UAE. During a short span of time the company has grown into a large energy career with over half a million tonnage capacity.