Yesterday with Rabi-bhai(Rabindra Swain) I went to Tinkonia Bagicha, Cuttack to meet Jayanta Mahapatra for a video interview. The poet was happy to gave us the permission for the interview. Back home I was watching news on TV and there came the good news — Jayanta Mahapatra’s name is in the list of most prestigious PadmaShree Award by India Government.
PadmaShree Award is an award given by the Government of India generally to Indian citizens to recognize their distinguished contribution in various spheres of activity including the Arts, Education, Industry, Literature, Science, Sports, Social Service and public life. (The word “Padma” (Sanskrit) means “Lotus”.)It stands fourth in the hierarchy of civilian awards after the Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan.