Bhubaneswar: Odia litterateur and novelist Binapani Mohanty was conferred Atibadi Jagannath Das award-2019 on Saturday.
She was presented with the award by Culture Minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi at her residence in Cuttack in the afternoon. The minister presented a citation, shawl and a cheque of Rs one lakh.
Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal has sent a written message on the occasion. Presenting the award Panigrahi said the award would have been presented at Rabindra Mandap in a glittering ceremony. But, it was shelved due to coronavirus pandemic.
Director of culture Bijay Kumar Nayak described Binapani Mohanty as a renowned person in the field of literature in the country. Cuttack district collector Bhabani Shankar Chaini also spoke on the occasion.
Binapani Mohanty said she was honoured to get the award at her residence.
The Academy unveiled seventeen books and its tri-monthly ‘Konark’. The Academy’s tri-monthly was the 195th edition.
Those who have sent their messages on the occasion are: Odisha Sahitya Academy’s President Harihar Mishra, Atibadi Award winner Shantanu Kumar Acharya, Bibhuti Patnaik, Poet Ramakanta Rath, former president of the Academy Manorama Mohapatra, Satakadi Hota, Poet Hussain Rabi Gandhi, former vice president of the Academy Srinibas Udgata, former vice president and secretary Chandrasekhar Das Burma, former secretaries Rajkishore Mishra, Hara Prasad Parichha Patnaik, Jayanti Rath, critic Kailash Chandra Tikayatrai, poet Pratibha Satpathy, Gourahari Das and Susmita Bagchi.