Bhubaneswar, Sep 19: Geeti Kabita category award of Odisha Sahitya Akademi will be renamed ‘Sarada Prasanna Nayak Geeti Kabita Puraskar’ in memory of acclaimed lyricist, producer and filmmaker Sarada Prasanna Nayak.
This was announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today. The cash reward has also been increased to Rs 2.5 lakh.
Nayak passed away on September 9 while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar at the age of 94 years. Nayak had received prestigious Jaydev Award in 2013.
The Odia filmmaker had directed many movies including national award-winning, film ‘Laxmi’. He was the elder brother of film director Parbati Ghosh and music director Swaroop Nayak.