Litterateur Jayant Mahapatra Presented Upendra Bhanja National Award In Berhampur

Berhampur: Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja National Award for Literature and Arts was conferred on well-known litterateur Jayant Mahapatra on Monday.

The award, instituted by Berhampur University in Odisha’s Ganjam district, was presented to Mahapatra during the university’s foundation day celebration at Biju Patnaik Auditorium in the campus. The award carries a citation and Rs 1 lakh reward.

On receiving the award, Mahapatra said, “It’s a great honour for a small poet like me to be chosen for this prestigious award in the name of such a great poet of Odisha. Writing poems taught me to know people more and how to love them.”

He started writing poems at the age of 38 years and was awarded by the Kendriya Sahitya Academy as the first English poet in 1981. He was also awarded with many national and international awards including ‘SAARC Award’, ‘Jacob Glatestine Award’, ‘TATA Sahitya Samman’, ‘Jeypore Sahitya Puraskar’ and others.

Purnamasi Jani, who is also known as Tadisurubai, was felicitated with ‘Dakhina Odisha Loka Sanskruti Samman, Major Ramaramana Padhy and Purna Chandra Mahapatra with award of Angavastra and Prof Sasmita Samanta,  vice-chancellor of KIIT awarded ‘Distinguished Alumna Award’.

Subroto Bagchi, chairman of Odisha Skill Development Authority, gave away the awards. Prof Geetanjali Dash, Vice Chancellor, Berhampur University, was also present.

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