The award was presented during the association’s annual gathering “Basant Utsav”. It included a cash award of Rs.1,00,000 besides the customary citation and a shawl.
Acknowledging the honour, the ace actor of yesteryears felt that it was the most memorable moment of his life to be among the four generations of artists of the film.
It was a rare treat for the audience to see the dance performance by popular film actors, Priyanka, Pushpa Panda, Snigdha Mohanty, Sabyasachi, Gungun and others at Utkal Mandap, the open-air auditorium.
Among others Veteran actors Debu Bose and Uttam Mohanty along with others artistes of Odia film industry were present.