Berhampur, Jan 2 (LocalWire) Berhampur University on Wednesday celebrated its 53 rd foundation day where it presented Kabisamrat Upendra Bhanja National Award to noted bilingual writer Manoj Das.
Besides a citation, Das was presented Rs 1 lakh as award money by the university.
Author of several books in Odia and English, Das was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civil award, Saraswati Samman-2000 and Sahitya Akademi award fellowship for his contribution in the field of literature and education by the central government.
On the occasion, the university also accorded the Dakhina Odisha Lok Sanskruti Samman to eminent folk artist Nabaghana Parida.
Parida is the director of Bharat Leela, a popular folk dance in the state.
Besides the citation, he was presented a cash award of Rs 20,000.
Vice Chancellor Rajendra Prasad Das presided the event, while registrar Ranjan Kumar Biswal presented a report on different activities of the university.