BHUBANESWAR: Banaja Devi, noted poet and short story writer in Odia will be honoured with the 38th edition of prestigious Sarala Puraskar for her short story compilation “Kathapua”. The Sarala Puraskar Committee announced this at a meeting held here on Friday evening. She will receive a cash award of `5 lakh along with a citation.
Two more notable personalities of Odisha who will be honoured for their valuable contribution in the field of music and art. They are Pandit Dr. Ghasiram Mishra will be awarded ‘ Ila Panda Sangeet Samman’ and Dr Durga Prasad Das will receive ‘Ila Panda Chitrakala Samman’. They will receive a cash award of `1.5 lakh each along with citations.
A special function will be held on October 26 to felicitate Banaj Devi along with other awardees. Padmashree Mamang Dai, an eminent writer from Arunachal Pradesh has consented to be the chief guest of the function.