Renowned Odia Writer Bhima Prusty To Receive 44th Sarala Puraskar

Bhubaneswar: Eminent Odia fiction writer Bhima Prusty will be conferred with the prestigious Sarala Puraskar for his novel ‘Jambulok’, which was published by Paschima Publications in 2017.

He will receive a cash prize of Rs 5 lakh and a citation at the 44th Sarala Puraskar award-giving ceremony in Bhubaneswar on October 26, Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT) – the charitable wing of Indian Metals and Ferro Alloys Ltd – said in a press release on Thursday.

Besides, the ‘Ila-Bansidhar Panda Kala Samman’, given every year by IMPaCT for lifetime excellence in the field of art, has also been announced for the year 2023. Guru Benudhar Mohapatra, a unique sculptor of pattachitra and famous flute player Guru Mohini Mohan Patnaik will be given the award this year.

As part of the award, both of them will be given a certificate and a plaque with an amount of Rs two lakh each.

The Sarala Puraskar, instituted by eminent Odia industrialist Dr Bansidhar Panda and his wife Ila Panda in 1980, has been continuously awarded by the Indian Metals Public Charitable Trust (IMPaCT).

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