President Pranab Mukherjee conferred Padma Shri awards to four Odias at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Renowned actor-director Sadhu Meher, Odissi dancer Aruna Mohanty, singer of the popular Sambalpuri song ‘Rangabati’, Jitendra Haripal and Odisha-born renowned physician Dr Mukut Minz, now based in Chandigarh were among those conferred the Padma awards by President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday.
Jitendriya Haripal has sung large numbers of Sambalpuri songs and his Rangabati song has garnered popularity even beyond India.
Doctor Minz had recently conducted kidney operation on External Affairs ministry Sushma Swaraj and has performed such complicated surgeries for over several years.
Veteran Sadhu Meher has acted in 38 Odia films and directed five movies like ‘Abhimana’, ‘Aparichita’, ‘Abhilash’, ‘Gopa Re Badhhuchhi Kala Kanhei’ and ‘Babula’. The 77-year-old artiste has also directed a Hindi film, ‘Yeh Jaan Meri Hai’.
Aruna Mohanty was conferred with this year’s prestigious Padma Shri awards for her contribution towards propagating Odissi across the country and abroad.