President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday honoured 56 eminent personalities with Padma awards at the Civil Investiture Ceremony to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President presented five Padma Vibhushan, eight Padma Bhushan and 43 Padma Shri awards at the function.
President of India Presented Padma Shri to Odisha’s Nila Madhab Panda, Haldar Nag, Sribhas Chandra Supakar for their good works to society.
Nila Madhab Panda was chosen for Padma for his work in art-film direction and production. His works convey important social messages such as climate change, child labor, education, water issues, sanitation and many other developmental issues.He has produced and directed over 70 diverse and cutting edge Films, documentaries and shorts. His first iconic feature film, the highly acclaimed ‘I am Kalam’, has won 32 International awards, one national award.
Kosli poet and writer Haldhar Nag has been chosen for the award for his conbtfricbution towards Literature & Education. From a peanut seller, Nag has managed to carve a niche for himself in the literary field of Odisha, as a Koshali poet. He is often compared to Gangadhar Meher. The BBC made a documentary film about his life and works. Initially writing Kosli folk stories, in the 1990s he started writing poems in the Kosali language.
Sribhas Chandra Supakar, originally from Sambalpur who has settled in Uttar Pradesh, will also be honoured with the Padma Shri in the field of Textile Designing.