Bhubaneswar: The 3rd convocation ceremony of Utkal University of Culture was held here on Wednesday. 61 students with first class first positions were offered gold medals. Five scholars from different fields were conferred with PhD awards and 19 others were conferred with honorary DLitt degree in the field of music, fine art, sculpture and literature.
Prominent among those receiving the DLitt awards were noted Hindustani maestro Pandit Jasraj, Kathak danseuse Uma Sharma, Odissi danseuse Minati Mishra, eminent artist Krishna Khanna, eminent international Sweden-based artist PK Mahanandia, artist Durga Prasad Das, eminent singer Prafulla Kar, Syamamani Devi, music director Santanu Mohapatra, Guru Banamali Moharana, dramatist Manoranjan Das, sculptors Bijoy Kumar Mishra, Raghunath Mohapatra and Sudarshan Sahoo, litterateur Prativa Ray, Mohapatra Nilamani Sahoo, Chandrasekhar Rath and journalist Satakadi Hota.
The meeting was presided over by Odisha Governor and Chancellor of the university, Muralidhar Chandrakanta Bhandare.
Exhorting the recipients of the awards, Bhandare ushered hope that the students coming out from the portals of this university will not only imbibe the spirit of Odia culture but will be the ambassadors for spreading and propagating the rich cultural heritage of the State. He called upon the youth to possess strong character and reminded them that there is no easy road to success.
Former Foreign Secretary and former Ambassador of India to the USA Lalit Mansigh delivered the convocation address as the Chief Guest of the occasion. Mansingh in his speech said he was pleased that there is an active Odia diaspora which is taking the State’s culture to the farthest corners of the world. Highlighting the greatness and glory of Odisha’s culture.
A news letter ‘Sanskruti’ was released. Among others, university VC Dr AK Patnaik, registrar Dr Sachindra Raul and State Culture Department Secretary Ashok Tripathy were present.