Bhubaneswar: Noted litterateur and poet Ramakanta Rath on Thursday received 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 was conferred on Rath at a special function organised by the Orissa Sahitya Akademi at Rabindra Mandap, here on Thursday.
In addition, 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 were also felicitated during the award presentation ceremony.
Each received a cash prize of Rs 25,000 and a citation.