In this festival a literary award ‘Kadambini Sahitya Sammana’ will be presented to an eminent writer in recognition of his/her contribution to the field of literature. This year onwards the award will be presented to an eminent writer of the book written in Odia, which will be decided by an independent panel of jury. The award will carry a cash prise of Rupees One Lakh, an emblem and a certificate.

Four veteran writers are also felicited with ‘Kadambini Sahitya Sambardhana’ and one magazine editor is honoured with ‘Kadambini Sampadaka Sammana’ along with cash prize, an emblem and certificates respectively.

  • Nilimarani Sahitya Sammana: This year founder of ‘The Kadambini’ Dr. Achyuta Samanta established the prestigious ‘Nilimarani Sahitya Sammna (at National Level) in the memory of his great mother Smt. Nilimarani Samanta, who was an ordinary woman with extraordinary deeds. She was a holy mother, who brought up seven children alone amidst abject poverty after losing her husband in her forties. She never gave up hope and transmitted positive noble thoughts of education, honesty and humility to her children by fighting all adversity, facing criticism, keeping patience throughout her life. Her life was a reflection of the incessant struggle that numerous women put forward against the prevalent societal norms. This will be awarded to an individual for his/her contribution to Indian literature. The award carries a cash prize of Rupees Five Lakhs, an emblem and a certificate. The award will be presented each year in Kadambini Literature Festival. The award will be decided by an independent panel of jury.