The prestigious Dharmapada Award 2022, which is considered to be the most prestigious award in the field of fine arts and architecture, has been bestowed upon the renowned painter Bansidhar Pratihari.
The award has been given by the Odisha Lalit Kala Akademi under the Odia Language, Literature, and Culture at a function held here on Monday.
It is the highest award given by the Odisha Government to an artist in recognition of his/her lifetime contributions to the field of art and sculpture.
The Dharmapada Award carries a prize of Rs 5 lakh, a citation, and a shawl.
The Akademi felicitated sculptor Brajabandhu Mishra, palm leaf artist Laxmidhar Subudhi, Pattachitra painter Bhramarbar Naik, painter Ramesh Behera and stone sculptor Keshab Chandra Maharana.
All five noted personalities of the state have been honoured with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh each besides copper plaque and shawl.