Cuttack: Noted Oriya Writer Ratnakar Chaini was felicitated with Sahitya Bharati Samman for the year 2016 at the 22nd Annual Award presentation ceremony of Sri Gangadhar Rath Foundation at Kala Bikash Kendra here in the city on Sunday.
Chaini received a citation, a silver replica of Konark Sun Temple and cash award of Rs 1 lakh.
Among others who received awards under varied categories include;
- Gangadhar Rath Memorila award – Singer Pranab Pattnaik
- Bhanuji Rao Memorial Award – Poet Saroj Ranjan Mohanty
- Binapani Mohanty Katha Sahitya Puraskar – Writer Golap Manjari Kar
- Subrata Rath Memorila Award – Writers Kamala Satpathy and Sushant Nayak
Orissa Sahitya Academy President Harihar Mishra graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Gangadhar Rath Foundation Trustee Jayanta Rath presided over the meeting, while secretary of the foundation Susmita Rath proposed vote of thanks.