Bhubaneswar, Dec 30: The 41st State Level Art & Culture Award giving ceremony has been held here at the Sanskruti Bhawan in Bhubaneswar on Saturday.
At least 12 eminent artists were felicitated on the occasion for their uncommon creations.
Principal Secretary for Odia Language, Literature & Culture Department, Sujata Rout Kartikeyan joined the occasion as the chief guest and handed over Cash awards worth Rs 2 lakh each, certificates and mementos to the artistes.
On the occasion, Sofia Yashmin, Dinesh Muduli, Bikram Keshari Farak, Narendra Kumar Majhi and Naresh Suna were felicitated in fine art category.
Kanta Kishore Moharana, Bhikari Pradhan and Himanshu Mahanta were felicitated as finalist in architecture division. Similarly, Amiya Ranjan Ojha and Ankita Sahu were felicitated for their best printing arts whereas Purna Chandra Mohapatra and Puspanjali Rao were awarded for their traditional art forms.
Among other dignitaries, Director Culture Dillip Routray, President of Lalit Kala Akademi Padma Shri Sudarshan Pattnaik, Secretary of the Akademi Panchanan Samal and Special Secretary & OSD Madhusudan Das were present on the ceremony.