Jharsuguda, Nov 12: Locals and intellectuals of the Western Odisha have offered a rousing welcome to Padma Shri Mitrabhanu Gountia in Jharsuguda on Friday.
A crowd of well-wishers extended him bouquets of congratulations in the morning while he landed at Jharsuguda airport, after receiving national recognition.
Gountia was awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution towards the Sambalpuri folk culture in terms of his popular song Rangabati.
He received the award on November 8 from the President of India, as one of the awardees under the Language and Culture segment.
Interacting with media personnel, Gountia said, he had never dreamt that a folk song like Rangabati would fetch the Padma Shree award one day.