Honour for Oriya novelist

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  • Published 14.01.08

Cuttack, Jan. 13: Governor M.C. Bhandare today presented the Sahitya Bharati Samman-2007, presented by the Sri Gangadhar Rath Foundation, to novelist Bibhuti Pattanaik.

The award comprises a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a silver emblem of the Konark Sun Temple.

The function was attended by a number of Oriya writers and critics. Speaking at the occasion, the governor underscored the need for translating more Oriya works to spread Oriya literature pan-India and in the world.

The citation read out by the foundation said Bibhuti Pattanaik was chosen for his outstanding contribution to the realm of Oriya novel during the past 50 years.

He has written more than 50 novels and has been a trend-setter of social realism to socialist realism-based writing. Bibhuti Patnaik, who is a household name in the state, received the Orissa Sahitya Akademi Award in 1985 for his novel – Aswamed Hara Ghoda. His other works include Sesha Basanta, Abhimana, Trutiya Purusha, Badhu Nirupama, Prathama Sakala and Sesha Ratira Surya.

Bhandare also gave away the Bhanujee Rao Smaraki Puraskar of Rs 20,000 and the Subrata Rath Smaraki Puraskar of Rs 15,000 for 2007 to poet Harihar Mishra and storywriter Debashis Panigrahi, respectively.