Bhubaneswar: The Eastern Opera Award 2011 was held at Utkal Mandap on Wednesday.

Popular Bollywood Actor Jackie Shroff alias Jaggu Dada, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest who gave away the awards.

The Award Ceremony was inaugurated by Soumyaranjan Patnaik, Editor of Sambad.

It is noteworty to mention that the Eastern Media Opera Mahotsav had kicked off at Durga Puja Mandap, Saheed Nagar from 24 th 30 th December amidst jubiliation and fanfare. Seven Opera parties had taken part in this Mahotsav.

Hara Barik was awarded the best theatre director for his play ‘Chatta Chinha Re Vote Dia’. Manoj Patnaik and Bijay Das bagged the first and second runners up award respectively.

Chiku received the best actor award for ‘Premaru Arambha Prathama Papa’, Tiki received the best actress award for ‘Chatta Chinha Re Vote Dia’ .

In other categories, Minati Mohapatra won the best actress in a negative role award, Manibhadra Biswal won the best comedian award, Sumita Das won the best female singer award, Uma Lenka won the best male singer award, Mihir Mohanty won the best music director award, Mandakini and Basant Sahu won the best supporting actress and actor award respctively.

Among others this program was attended by Joint Executive Director of Sambad Monica Nayyar, Sanjib Mohanty, Director of Radio Chocolate Tanaya Patnaik, Literateur Dash Benhur, Editor of Ama Odisha Swaraj Mishra were present during this occasion.