Kadambini Media Pvt. Ltd. has been established to achieve excellence in publication of magazines, books and production of audio, audiovisual programmes and films for upliftment of art, culture and literature. It has created a platform where the creative potential inherited in every individual can be realised. It has also provided space for eminent people in the field of art, literature, social service, education, media, administration and industries etc. Kadambini Media has been providing a platform to young people to showcase their talents in the field of art, literature and education etc. The Media has also instituted several Awards for rising talents in various fields and honours them during the anniversary function of ‘The Kadambini’ on 02nd of July each year. In this occasion the prestigious ‘Kadambini Sammana’ is presented to an individual for his/her eye catching contribution in the field of art, literature, social service, education, media, administration and industries. The famous personalities who are honoured with ‘Kadambini Sammana’ include eminent actor Hemanta Das (2003), eminent singer Bhikari Charan Bal (2004), eminent writer Pandita Prabodh Kumar Mishra (2005), eminent writer and journalist Manorama Mohapatra (2006), eminent singer Raghunath Panigrahi (2007), eminent social activist Padmashree Dr. Tulasi Munda (2008), eminent writer and administrator Tarunakanti Mishra (2009), eminent actor and educationst Sarat Chandra Pujari (2010), eminent translator Shankarlal Purohit (2011), eminent musician Prafulla Kar (2012), the famous sambalpuri song “Rangabati…” (2013); written by Mitrabhanu Gountia, composed by Prabhudutta Pradhan and sung by Krishna Patel and Jitendra Haripal, eminent educationist & social worker Sruti Mohapatra (2014), eminent musician Shantanu Mohapatra (2015), eminent Odissi dancer Kumkum Mohanty (2016), eminent actor Uttam Mohanty (2017), eminent social worker Sumani Jhodia (2018), eminent agriculturalist Padma Shri Ms. Kamala Pujari (2019), Eminent singer Sj. Pranab Pattnaik (2020), Chairman Lok Sevak Mandal, Odisha and Publisher & Printer, ‘The Samaja’ Sj. Niranjan Rath (2021), Hon’ble Governor of Odisha Prof. Ganeshi Lal (2022).The award carries a cash prize of rupees fifty thousand, emblem, shawl and certificate.
In this occasion, the Media also honours the Best Novel, Story, Poetry, Translation, Feature Writer of the year for their best contribution. Apart from these award Kadambini Media also awarded ‘Kadambini Priya Pathak Puraskar’ (Kadambini Reader Award), ‘Kunikatha Priya Lekhak Samman’ (Popular Children Writer Award), ‘Kadambini Naba Unmesh Puraskar’ (Kadambini Emerging Story / Poem Writer Award). Children are the future of our country. In order to bring out hidden talents of children, Kadambini Media awarded them with the ‘Kunikatha Kunipratibha Puraskara’ (Kunikatha Young Talent Award). An award is also given to the best model appeared in the cover page of ‘The Kadambini’. Every year a woman is presented an award for her achievement of excellence in cookery writing. The Kadambini Media creates facilities for all other media to use it’s platform for inspiration, creation, contribution and getting appreciation and rewards for excellence. All the awards contain cash component and special gift items.
The Kadambini Media has instituted several awards in different fields as a mark of recognition given in honour of different achievments.
‘The Kadambini’, one of India’s largest regional magazines with a readership of over thirty lakhs has crafted itself into the imagination of both intellectuals and common folks and has also started India’s first Literary festival from 2004. The Kadambini Literary Festival since its inception has brought thousands of writers, intellectuals, poets, cultural enthusiasts and famous literary personalities to one platform for interaction and deliberation. It is in this festival that ‘The Kadambini’ developed an indigenous idea of ‘Patrika Haat’- a single day display of all magazines published in Odia that makes it a confluence of the entire spectrum of Odia literature. The only aim was to provide a platform for all magazines to showcase themselves and market themselves. ‘The Kadambini’s single ambition has always been to get the immortally rich Odia literature and culture a platform to flaunt its grandiloquent depths.
In this regard the prestigious ‘Niliamarani Sahitya Samman’ has been constituted by Dr. Achyuta Samanta and Dr. Itirani Samanta, in the memory of their great mother Smt. Nilimarani Samanta. Smt. Samanta was an extraordinary woman who persevered severe hardships and poverty to raise seven children single-handedly from abject poverty and offer them the only hope she knew of education. She forced all of her children to get learning in whatever format we can. Her life was a reflection of the incessant struggle that numerous women put forward against prevalent societal norms.
The prize proudly boasts of being the pre-eminent literary award in Odisha since it’s inception in 2019 with a prize money of Five lakh rupees, silver emblem and a citation.
Thus Dr. Achyuta Samanta and Dr. Itirani Samanta will be remembered for the institutionalised development of Odia literature by creating a monthly magazine that is a torchbearer of Odia literature, art and culture at the global podium.
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