Bhubaneswar: Parichay Foundation, a city-based philanthropic organization, laurelled Odissi dancer Kumkum Mohanty and writer Gayatribala Panda and 17 other women achievers at its ninth edition of Aarya awards on Saturday at Hotel Crown in the state Capital.
While Kumkum Mohanty was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award, Tanaya Patnaik was awarded for her achievement in the field of entrepreneurship and Gayatribala Panda, for her contribution to language and literature.
The other women achievers are:
- Vijaya Amujure for Art and Cultural heritage.
- Gitanjali Raut and Bijeta Rana for social service
- Sasmita Lenka for wildlife conservation
- Gita Das for NRO
- Rhea Bari in the field of entertainment
- Lotus Mishra for medical science (as a Covid warrior in the current scenario)
- Bhagyashree Sahu and Amita Singh for special citation
- Suchet Priyabadini for education and research
- Lopita Mishra and Nazia Alam for music
- Chinmayee Bhuyan and Jayanti Behera for sports
- Sucharita Rath as special mention
- Jayanti Baruda in field of media
- Ruma Dey and A B Rath of SBI’s Bhubaneswar branch.
Aarya awards 2021 was inaugurated by Odisha assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro. Kathak dancer Shovana Narayan, former Lok Sabha member Prasanna Patasani, Kandhamal MP Achyuta Samanta, OSHB chairperson Priyadarshi Mishra, social activist Namrata Chadha and Parichay’s founder Rojalin Patasani were the other noted personalities who graced the ceremony.
On this occasion, with new ideas, ‘Pariniti Handicrafts’ made its debut. Later, its chief Shweta Hota handed over a check for Rs 1 lakh to the Joint Secretary of the Tourism department, Durga Mohapatra.