Report by Odisha Diary bureau, Bhubaneswar: OdishaDiary the Leading web-portal on Odisha Conferred the prestigious Odisha Living Legend Award for 2013 to Padma Shri Kailash Chandra Meher. Mr. Meher received the Odisha Living Legend Award in Excellence in art category.
Padma Shri Kailash Chandra Meher is an inspiring name in Modern Odia Art. Multiple Award winner, Mr. Meher is a great advocate of inclusive art where he engages with the under-privileged sections of Odia society. He has created several platforms for the poor and women weavers of Odisha especially in the districts of KBK. Shilip Guru Meher is an inspiration for young artists and has been an influential figure in popularising Odisha’s contemporary Art in India and abroad. Odisha Living Legend Award acknowledges Mr. Meher’s excellent contribution to promote Odia Modern Art and advocate empowerment and inclusion in art said OdishaDiary Editor-in-Chief Rashmi Ranjan Parida.
The Award Function was held on 13 November 2013 at Jaydev Bhawan to celebrate the occasion of 9th Foundation Day of OdishaDiary. The ceremony was graced by leading public figures, intellectuals and social activists notably Dr. Damodar Rout, Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare and MSME; Dr. Prasanna Patsani, Hon’ble MP; Prof B.C. Tripathy, leading scientist and Vice Chancellor of Ravenshaw University.
In her welcome address, Executive Editor Ms. Prachee Naik requested everyone to stand in solidarity with Phailin victims and maintain one minute silence to pay respect to the departed soul of legendary musician Raghunath Panigrahi. Her speech provided a glimpse to the chequered history of OdsihaDiary and how it has emerged to become the No.1 webportal of the state.
Speaking on the occasion MP Dr. Prasanna Patsani appreciated OdishaDiary’s consistent effort to provide news and views on a regular basis and connecting Pravasi Odias with their roots. Dr Pratibha Ray spoke of the need to revive interest in Odia language and encouraged the OdishaDiary team to do good work through the Odia language news site Odishan.com. Dr. Hejmadi spoke on the need of popularising both scientific spirit and our unique culture, Prof Tripathy advocated inclusion in education and urged the young generation to dream for a better future through education and skills development. The event saw large scale participation of students, journalists and common public who came to see and listen to the galaxy of leaders and achievers.
Ashok Palit, leading cine critic and Senior Editor of OdishaDiary gave the vote of thanks. He thanked the guests for gracing the occasion to award the winners; the awardees for doing great work in their respective fields; to the media fraternity for their continued participation, support and coverage and last but not least to the OD team.
Odisha Living Legend Awardees for 2013
1. Odisha Living Legend Award (Promoting Education): Dr. Arun Rath
2. Odisha Living Legend Award (Promoting Art & Culture): Shri Kailash Chandra Meher
3. Odisha Living Legend Award (Public Policy): Ambassador. Lalit Mansingh
4. Odisha Living Legend Award (Social Service): Shri Mohd. Abdul Bari
5. Odisha Living Legend Award (Promoting Journalism): Dr. Mrinal Chatterjee
6. Odisha Living Legend Award (NRO): Dr. PK Mahanandia
7. Odisha Living Legend Award (Literature): Dr. Pratibha Ray
8. Odisha Living Legend Award (Science Promotion): Dr. Priyambada Hejmadi
9. Odisha Living Legend Award (Film Industry): Shri Sabyasachi Mohapatra
10. Odisha Living Legend Award (Business Leadership): Shri Sarthak Behuria
Odisha Living Legend Award (Special Citation): Solila Parida
It should be noted that Odisha Living Legend Awards was established by OdishaDiary (OD) in 2011, to acknowledge and honour great contributions to the state of Odisha. The Odisha Living Legend awardees in 2013 as in the past were nominated and/or selected by a committee/team of experts constituted by the OdishaDiary.