Excellence in different fields is required to be acknowledged and duly awarded so as to encourage good and socially relevant work in the future. Many media houses and other institutions in Odisha have set up several awards but OrissaDiary is planning to change the award landscape in Orissa to choose the best performers in at least 11 chosen fields. The category of awards under the title of Living Legends is unique in Odisha and has never been awarded to anyone. The idea of Living Legend Award is slightly different from that of a Life Time Achievement Award. OD considers those people and their initiatives as Living Legends who have made seminal contribution to their chosen fields and have impacted the Odia society at large. They must be proud Odias who continue to work and inspire the second and third generations of Odias to follow their path.
OD being the No-1 news-portal on Odisha with more than 40,000 daily readers is uniquely positioned to make an impact through these awards. The entire award ceremony will be video recorded and some leading media houses have shown interest to make the event live.
The awardees will be nominated/selected by a committee/team of experts constituted by the Orissa Diary. If required the committee or a group of members of the “Awards Committee” may undertake a field visit to get firsthand knowledge of achievements claimed by a reader/nominator/awards committee in support of their entry for the award. OD team has conducted extensive telephonic conversation with independent panel members located in India and abroad to prepare a final list. On the basis of past exemplary work, Orissa Diary Team reserves the right to select any individual or institution even when there is no nomination from the awards committee and Orissa Diary readers.