Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Kendrapara, Jan 25:
Four famous personalities from Odisha have been selected to receive Padma Awards this year, which were announced on the eve of Republic day.
Famous actor, director, producer Sadhu Meher, famous renal transplant surgeon Dr Mukut Minz, popular Sambalpuri singer of ‘Rangabati’ fame Jitendra Haripal and famous Odissi danseuse Aruna Mohanty will receive Padma Shri.
Odisha-born Dr Mukut Minz, famous renal transplant surgeon, to get Padma Shri.
“I am extremely happy and express gratitude to Union government for chosing me for bestowing me with Padma Shri. I feel honoured myself and I dedicate this award to the actors and artists of Odisha. I pray for their prosperity and development of cinema,” Sadhu Meher said.
Notably, Meher has worked with intenationally-acclaimed directors Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Mrinal Sen, and Tapan Sinha among others.
Meher has earned a name for himself with his acting in Hindi and Odia movies.
He has played significant roles in Bhuvan Shome, Ankur and Mrigaya. He bagged National Film Award for Best Actor for Ankur.
“I have maintained diligence and honesty throughout my career spanning for over 30 years. I was expecting recognition for which I am thankful to Union government and people of Odisha. It’s a big encouragement for me and I am very happy,” Dr Mukut Minz said.
It may be mentioned here that Dr Minz had performed renal transplant surgery on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.