It’s A Recognition Of Odisha Sculpture, Says Padma Vibhushan Sudarshan Sahoo

New Delhi: Odisha’s internationally renowned sculptor Padma Vibhushan Sudarshan Sahoo was felicitated at Lord Jagannath Temple in Hauz Khas here on November 13.

Members of the Odia community of Delhi-NCR attended the event, which was organized by Sahoo’s family in gratitude to Lord Jagannath.

Sahoo was awarded the Padma Vibhushan by President Ram Nath Kovind earlier this month.

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Sahoo said that the award is a recognition of not just his skill and effort, but that of the art of Odisha sculpture. He urged the young generation not to forget their roots.

The octogenarian, with an age-defying enthusiasm and zest for life, regaled the audience with stories ranging from mythology to travel, environment protection to work ethics.

To every person who greeted him with a bouquet, he gently urged, “Please bring me a sapling next time.”

His daughters Pushpa Sahoo, artist and entrepreneur, and Purnima Sahu, jeweller, hosted lunch on the occasion.

Many women wore handwoven Odisha sarees as a mark of respect to Sahoo and his wife Arnapurna, the ever-gracious, quiet yet powerful force behind the man.

Union Textiles Secretary UP Singh and his wife were part of the celebration.

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