Bhubaneswar: Under the aegis of Odisha Lalit Kala Academy, and Department of Odia Language, Literature and Culture, organised an award ceremony at Sanskruti Bhavan here today. The highest honour in the field of fine arts and architecture for the year 2022 – the Dharmapada Award was given to noted painter Bansidhar Pratihari.
The Akademi also awarded five noted personalities for special felicitations. They are Brajabandhu Mishra (Scluptor), Laxmidhar Subudhi (Palm leave artist), Bhramarbar Nayak (Pattachitra painter), Ramesh Kumar Behera and Keshab Chandra Maharana.
Dharmapada Award carries a purse of Rs 5 lakh, a citation and a shawl. The special awardees will each be felicitated with Rs 1 lakh cash and a citation. On the occasion, the 40th state-level Charukala awards were conferred on seven eminent artists of Odisha.