Bhubaneswar: Noted litterateur and poet Ramakanta Rath has been nominated to receive the prestigious Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman, the highest literary award of the state for the year 2018, for his life-long contribution to Odia literature.
The award carrying a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh and a citation will be conferred on Rath at a special function to be organised by the Orissa Sahitya Akademi.
As per sources, 15 other litterateurs namely Banshidhar Sahu, Braja Mohan Mishra, Bijay Chandra Jena, Duryodhan Das, Giri Dandasena, Kunja Bihari Padhi, Laxmidhar Nayak Adisya, Mangovind Mahasupakar, Prafulla Kumar Das, Pratima Mishra, Sankarshan Mangaraj, Sarojini Sarangi, Satya Narayan Rath, Sitaram Birtia and Sri Kumar Chakraborty will also be felicitated during the award presentation ceremony.
Each will receive a cash prize of Rs 25,000 and a citation.