Much to delight of Odia’s at least 11 Odias are to receive Padma awards. And this has happened for the first time that such highest number of Odia persons have been selected for civilian awards.
Following is the list of Padma Awardees from Odisha:
Manoj Das- Literature and Education (Padma Bhushan)
Dr Damayanti Beshra – Literature and Education
Utsav Charan Das – Art
Mitrabhanu Gountia – Art
Manmohan Mahapatra – (posthumous) Art
Binapani Mohanty – Literature and Education
Radha Mohan and Sabarmatee – Agriculture (In a duo case, the award is counted as one)
Batakrushna Sahoo – Animal Husbandry
Dr Digambar Behera – Medicine
Dr Prasanta Kumar Pattanaik – Literature and Education
Guru Shashadhar Acharya – Art
The highest civilian awards after the Bharat Ratna are the Padma Awards.