Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 25:
Renowned film maker Nila Madhab Panda and Koshali poet Haladhar Nag from Odisha have been chosen for Padma Shri Award-2016.
‘I am Kalam’ fame Panda has been chosen for the Padma award in the Art-Film Direction and Production category. Nag will be honoured with the prestigious award for his contribution to Literature & Education.
The Sonepur born internationally acclaimed film maker has produced and directed over 70 movies, documentaries and short films. The 42-year-old’s movies are based on social and developmental issues.
On the other hand, Koshali poet and writer Haladhar Nag has also been chosen for the Padma Shri Award.
The 66-year-old poet has carved a niche for himself in the literary field. Impressed by his poetry, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) had filmed a documentary on his life and works.
Till he entered into his 40’s, he wrote Lokgeet, Samparda and Krushnaguru which are the roots of the Koshali literature. Later, he started writing poetry in Koshali language.
Some of the popular works of Nag include Mahasati Urmila, Bacchhar, Tara Mandodari, Achhia (inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s fight against untouchability). Haladhar’s other major works include Siri Somalai, Veer Sundar Sai, Karamsani, Rasia Kavi (biography of Tulasidas) and Prem Paechan.