BHUBANESWAR: Four eminent persons from Odisha have been selected to get Padma Shri award, the highest civilian award of the country, which was announced in New Delhi on Thursday. Noted sculptor Prabhakar Maharana, Kotpad weaver Panika, litterateur Chandrasekhar Rath and eminent freedom fighter Bhabani Charan Patnaik will receive the prestigious award from the president of India later.
“It was a big surprise for me. I had never expected that I will get Padma Shri award. I have learned the traditional weaving from my grandfather and my father and I am happy that many youngsters are learning this craft and promoting it across the globe,” said Gobardhan panika.
Chandrasekhar Rath, who bagged this award for literature and education, is a popular writer and has written many best sellers in Odia language.
Sculptor Prabhakar Maharana, who is famous for his exquisite work in stone and a Rashtrapati awardee said, “I have received several awards in my life but Padma Award is something special. This is the biggest recognition of my artistic talent gifted by the God. After the award, I feel more encouraged to continue my good work.”
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