New Delhi: Internationally renowned architect and sculptor from Odisha Raghunath Mohapatra has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha on Saturday by the President of India along with farmer leader Ram Shakal, author and columnist Rakesh Sinha and classical dancer Sonal Mansingh.
He was awarded Padma Shri in 1975 and Padma Bhushan in 2001. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2013 on occasion of 64th Republic day of India.
Practicing since 1959, he has trained over 2000 students. He has contributed to the preservation of traditional sculpture and ancient monuments. His famous works include a 6 feet high statue of the Sun God carved in grey sandstone, in the Central Hall of Parliament; and the Wooden Buddha, Buddha Temple, Paris.
Sonal Mansingh is among India’s foremost exponents of Indian Classical Dance. She has been performing Bharatnatyam and Odissi for over six decades. She founded the Centre for Indian Classical Dances, in Delhi in 1977.
She is the daughter-in-law of noted Odia poet Mayadhar Mansingh.
Rakesh Sinha is the Founder and Honorary Director of the Delhi-based think-tank “India Policy Foundation.” He is a regular columnist in a range of newspapers.
Ram Shakal is a farmer leader. he is widely respected for championing the cause of farmers, labourers and migrants.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik took to Twitter and congratulated Raghunath Mohapatra and Odissi dancer Sonal Mansingh for being nominated to Rajya Sabha.
Congratulate eminent sculptor & Padma Bibhusan awardee Raghunath Mohapatra and acclaimed Odissi danseuse Sonal Mansingh for nomination to Rajya Sabha. My gratitude to President Dr Ramanth Kovind @rashtrapatibhvn
for nomination of two members from Odishan art and culture
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) July 14, 2018