Do you know Padma Shri (also Padmashree) is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India. And do you know how many Odisha has won this year! It’s not 1 or 2, Odisha has received 4 Padma Shri award this year in Republic Day, breaking last years record of 3.
This was the first time in history when two Officers from Odisha were leading the Black Cat Commando Contigent at Rajpath and we can’t be more proud to see. And again we got another reason to be proud of. Well to be precise we got 4 reasons. Four famous personalities of Odisha have paved their way to receive Padma Shri Awards this year.
Famous actor, director, producer Sadhu Meher, famous renal transplant surgeon Dr Mukut Minz, popular Sambalpuri singer of ‘Rangabati’ fame Jitendra Haripal and famous Odissi dancer Aruna Mohanty will receive Padma Shri.
Dr. Mukut Minz of Sundargarh has recently done a successful kidney transplant operation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. He performed 3,400 kidney transplants and six kidney plus pancreas transplants in his career spanning over 36 years. While famous actor, director, producer Sadhu Meher has worked with intenationally-acclaimed directors Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Mrinal Sen.
You may take it as a beginning of transformation of Odisha’s Image at the national level and hope to see the same success of Odisha next year!