Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government today instituted an annual award ‘Sunanda Samman’ in honour of legendary classical vocalist Sunanda Patnaik.
‘Sunanda Samman’ will be presented by Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi every year to personalities who excel in classical music in memory of Sunanda Patnaik, who was an exponent of Indian classical music and hailed from Odisha.
The award will carry a cash award of Rs 2.5 lakh and a citation.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today gave his approval for the institution of the award.
Worth mentioning earlier, following Sunanda Patnaik’s demise, Chief Minister while offering his tributes to the famed classical vocalist had announced to institute an award and a chair in her memory for her contribution to Indian classical music.