Correspondent

BHUBANESWAR: Well-known writer and senior civil servant Tarunkanti Mishra will be the recipient of the Kadambini Samman for 2009. The award, instituted by Oriya family magazine Kadambini, carries a citation, a memento and a cash award of Rs.50,000.

Magazine editor Iti Samanta said that the award would be conferred on Mishra during the 10th anniversary celebration of the publication at Jayadev Bhawan in the capital on Thursday. The award is being presented to an eminent person every year and the past recipients of the honour include actor Hemanta Das, singer Bhikari Bal, social worker Tulasi Munda and musician Raghunath Panigrahi, she added.

Amount doubled

The cash award was doubled from Rs.25,000 this year.

Kadambini Galpa Samman and Kadambini Kabita Samman for the year 2009 would be presented to Debasis Panigrahi, a senior IPS officer, and Satrughna Pandab for fiction and poetry respectively, Samanta said. Similarly, poet Sarojini Sarangi, a doctor by profession who writes regularly on health matters, and Sraddha Patnaik, writer on beauty tips, would be awarded in feature writing category. Budding film actress Rali Nanda has been chosen for the Kadambini cover artiste award.

Kadambini Samman awardee Mishra would speak on “Ama Samaja, Ama Samaya” (our society, our times) during the anniversary celebrations as part of the annual Kadambini lecture series. Eminent writers Srinivas Udgata, Haraprasad Das and Bibhuti Patnaik besides popular actor Mihir Das would be present during the occasion that would witness release of two novels in Oriya -- Nila Andhara by Aditeswara Mishra and Kaudi Dei Kinili , said Samanta.