Four Iconic & Inspirational People From Odisha Who’ll Receive Padma Shri Award!

Padma Shri's from Odisha has a whole new story to narrate to India!2 min


It is not the first instance and of course, there’re a number of times when achievers and inspirational figures from Odisha received Padma Shri award. But this year is a bit different and we call it for a reason.

Padma Shri, Four Iconic & Inspirational People From Odisha Who’ll Receive Padma Shri Award!

From our state Odisha, 4 people have been nominated to receive the most respected and fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India. And the list is so interesting, that we couldn’t help ourself but share it with you.

What if we say there’s a Chaiwala from Cuttack in the list and a lady who’s a fabulous writer and also the sister of Odisha’s longest serving Chief Minister.

We know you’re in a hurry to know the name and can’t control your excitement. So without much delay, here is the list of the people who will be called as Padma Shri from now on.

D Prakash Rao

Padma Shri, Four Iconic & Inspirational People From Odisha Who’ll Receive Padma Shri Award!

A famous chaiwala of Cuttack who’s known for his contribution to education the slum children. Besides of selling tea at his stall Prakash Rao also runs a free school to educate kids.

His work has been recognised by many eminent personalities and among his list of fans, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s name is also there. During the famous radio show of Man Ki Baat, Modi has introduced Prakash Rao to the entire nation and praised him for his dedication towards society.

Padma Shri, Four Iconic & Inspirational People From Odisha Who’ll Receive Padma Shri Award!
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Gita Mehta

Padma Shri, Four Iconic & Inspirational People From Odisha Who’ll Receive Padma Shri Award!

In Odisha, mostly people know her as the sister of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. But her identity is well known to all the book lovers.

Though related to three famous men father Biju Patnaik, brother Naveen Patnaik & publisher husband Sonny Mehta, she is herself a famous war correspondent (1971) & author of the iconic Karma Cola‘ besides other books.

Daitari Naik

Padma Shri, Four Iconic & Inspirational People From Odisha Who’ll Receive Padma Shri Award!

If you’ve been to theatres to watch Nawazuddin Siddiqui‘s movie Manjhi-The Mountain Man, then you should definitely know about the original mountain man of Odisha Daitari Naik.

He single-handedly carved out a 3-km-long canal from a mountain stream to water his agricultural fields.

Kamala Pujhari

Padma Shri, Four Iconic & Inspirational People From Odisha Who’ll Receive Padma Shri Award!

She’s known for preserving hundreds of indigenous varieties of paddy and promoting organic farming. Belong to Koraput from now onwards Kamala will be known as Padma Shri Kamala Pujhari for her years-long work in the field of agriculture.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate all these iconic figures who proved that with pen without pen, we can educate the world and with help or without help of people we can make a more greener world.

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