New Delhi: The coveted Padma Shri awards will be conferred on four Odias tomorrow at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Eminent film personality Sadhu Meher, renowned Odissi dancer guru Aruna Mohanty, famous singer known for popular Rangabati song Jitendriya Haripal and doctor Mukut Minz are going to be awarded at a function at around 12 noon on Thursday here.
The names of these eminent personalities had been announced on January 25 on the eve of Republic Day this year. Sadhu Meher is a noted actor and director who has acted in Odia and Hindi films. Aruna Mohanty has been performing Odissi dance for several years and has contributed immensely to the popularity of this ancient classical dance form. Jitendriya Haripal has sung large numbers of Sambalpuri songs and his Rangabati song has garnered popularity even beyond India. Doctor Minz had recently conducted kidney operation on External Affairs ministry Sushma Swaraj and has performed such complicated surgeries for over several years.
It’s a great opportunity for lakhs of Odias to witness the event, as the award ceremony will be live telecast on DD National.