Bhubaneswar: Manimala Devi, Veteran Odia actress and eminent singer-musician Prafulla Kar were conferred with the prestigious ‘Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja’ award, the highest award of the Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi for the year 2008 and 2009 respectively.

The honors were conferred in a special program at Rabindra Mandap on Thursday.

The award carried a cash prize of Rs 50, 000 and a citation.

Apart from this for the year 2008, Badal Sikdar (Drama Director), Gobind Chandra Pal (Odissi Dancer), Rajendra Kumar Panda (Actor-Director), Guru Ramahari Das (Odissi vocalist-composer), Guru Shri Dhaneswar Swain (eminent Mardal player), Manoranjan Prusty (Sugam Sangeet), Antaryami Mishra (Poet), Sunil Satpthy (Hindustani vocalist), Kunja Rai (Drama Writer), Gunanidhi Das (Folk Music), received the Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi Award.

Similarly Raghunath Pradhan (Folk dance), Bijay Laxmi Mohanty (Odissi dance), Dhirendra Nath Mallick (Acting/Direction), Bankim Sethy (Odissi Vocalist), Prafulla Bala (Instrumental Music), Chita Ranjan Jena (Sugam Sangeet), Lalratnakar Singh (poetry), Indrani Mishra (Hindustani Music), Gopal Chandra Patnaik (Drama Writer) and Upendra Panigrahi (Folk Music) received the Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for the year 2009.

All of them were awarded with a cash prize of Rs 25,000 and a citation.

Among others, Honb’le Minister Revenue and Disaster Management, Shri Surya Narayan Patra, Shri Susil Kumar Das, Director, Culture, Sarat Pujari, President of the Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi, Aruna Mohanty, Vice-president, Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi, Dr. Minati Mishra, Odissi dancer, Shantanu Mohapatra, (Singer-cum-music director) graced the evening as guests.

The ‘Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja’ award for the year 2010 and 2011 will be conferred on Odissi exponent Priyambada Mohanty Hejmadi and Odia poet and lyricist Rasaraj Narayan Prasad Singh in a function on Friday.

Apart from this the Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for the year 2010 and 2011 will also be presented.

The awardees for the year 2010 are Ladukishore Pani (Folk dance), Niranjan Rout (Odissi Dance), Ajit Narayan Das (Acting/Direction), Indira Pratihari (Odissi vocalist), Naveen Chandra Bose (Instrumental Music), Dibakar Mohanty (Sugam Sangeet), Nimai Charan Mohanty (poetry), Rajnikanta Padhi (Hindustani Vocalist), Dr Panchanan Mishra (Drama Writer) and Gopabandhu Nath (Folk Music).

Simanchal Mandal (Folk dance), Gita Mahalik (Odissi Dance), Kedar Apat (Acting/Direction), Binapani Nayak (Odissi Vocalist), Dayanidhi Behera (Instrumental Music), Trupti Das (Sugam Sangeet), Snehalata Mohanty (poetry), Sadhu Umacharan Das (Hindustani Vocalist), Manath Satpathy (Drama writer) and Bisakha Rana (Folk Music) for the year 2011.