Bhubaneswar, 25/7 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty) : “Promotion of Odia language is very much essential. It is a matter of pride that the language has achieved the classical status. There is a necessity to popularize Odia language, which would inspire our future generation”, said Tourism & Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda while conferring the prestigious Atibadi Jagannath Das Puraskar to noted writer and researcher Dr. Dhaneswar Mohapatra for the year 2013 and eminent writer Shantanu Kumar Acharya for the year 2014 on Friday here at Jayadev Bhawan organized by Odisha Sahitya Akademi. Minister also felicitated 10 eminent persons for their remarkable work in Odia literature.
Among others, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Tourism & Culture Dr. Arabinda Padhee, Culture Director, Sushil Kumar Das, President of Odisha Sahitya Akademi Satakadi Hota, Secretary of Odisha Sahitya Akademi Bijay Kumar Nayak, Vice President of Odisha Sahitya Akademi Giri Dandasena and eminent writer Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu were present on the occasion.
Notably: Since 1993, the prestigious award has been conferred to 20 eminent persons, namely Radhamohan Gadanayak, Krushna Chandra Tripathy,Natabar Samantray, Rajkishore Pattnaik, Laxmindhar Nayak, Gouri Kumar Brahma, Nityananda Mohapatra, Binod Chandra Nayak, Basant Kumari Pattnaik, Achyutananda Pati, Chintamani Behera, Manoranjan Das, Umashankar Panda, Sudarsan Acharya, Manoj Das, Mohapatra Nilamani Sahu, Dasarathi Das, Chandrasekhar Rath, Gaganendra Dash and Brajanath Rath.
Atibadi Jagannath Das has played a pivotal role in the medieval renaissance in field of Odia literature and language. He was the ardent devotee of Lord Jagannath, who had depth in various literatures in Odia language. The magnum opus, ’Srimad Bhagawat Geeta’ was the creation of Atibadi Jagannath Das.