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Odia Poet Rajendra Kishore Panda to Receive Kuvempu Rashtriya Puraskar

Bhubaneswar: Odia poet Dr Rajendra Kishore Panda will receive the Kuvempu Rashtriya Puraskar for the year 2020.

The prestigious award carries a cash award of Rs 5 lakh, a silver medal, and a citation.

A three-member committee consisting of celebrated Kannada poet H S Shivaprakash, former secretary of Central Sahitya Academy Agrahara Krishnamurthy and eminent Bengali author Shyamal Bhattacharya selected Panda for the prestigious award.

The 77 year old poet has published 16 poetry collections and a novel. He was awarded the Gangadhar National Award in 2010, and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1985. 

The Kuvempu Rashtriya Puraskar, national annual literary award  has been given since 2013 in the name of Kuvempu to recognise writers of various languages, who contributed to enrich Indian literature. Writers from Malayalam, Hindi, Marathi, Urdu, Kannada, Punjabi languages have been awarded so far.


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