Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Number One Civilian Award, the prestigious Odisha Living Legend Award of 2018 for Excellence on Entrepreneurship was conferred on Mr. J.K. Mohanty. In a simple and elegant function here at the Crown Hotel, Mr. J.K. Mohanty received the award from Shri Pratap Jena, Hon’ble Minister of Health, Law and Information and Broadcasting and Shri Chanchalpathi Dasa, the Vice Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Shri Rashmi Ranjan Parida, the Founder-Chairperson of Odisha Diary Foundation. Shri Debasish Samantaray, convenor of Living Legend Awards joined Minister Shri Jena and Shri Dasa in felicitating J.K .Mohanty for his excellent and unparalleled contribution to sport.
Mr. J.K. Mohanty With just Rs 1 lakh as seed capital, J.K . Mohanty started off his journey as a hospitality entrepreneur in 1984 and has been able to transform his hotel empire into an organisation that employs around 1200 employees today. He is a graduate from Delhi University and has completed a special course in Hotel Activities under Cornell University, USA . He ventured to set up Swosti Premium hotel in 2000 with highest room inventory and largest Convention Centre in Eastern India. In 2004, he started a luxury resort called ‘Swosti Palm Resort’ situated at Gopalpur-on-Sea. In July 2017, one of his dream project ‘Swosti Chilika Resort’ opened for guests .Apart from engaged in hospitality sector, Swosti Group has entered into Hospitality Management education sector by opening up an institute called ‘Swosti Institute of Management & Social Studies’ (SIMSS) in the year . He has set a remarkable example for future entrepreneurs of Odisha.
Apart from Odisha Living Legend Awards, Odisha Diary Foundation conferred several youth icons with Odisha Youth Inspiration Awards, inspiring business leaders with OdishaInc Awards and two annual special citations to innovative initiatives. The Foundation has also introduced the National Living Legend Award from this year.
Odisha Diary celebrated its 14th foundation day and the 8th anniversary of the Living Legend Awards. The event was hosted by Ms Dikshya Tiwari and Mr Kamala Kanta Dash. Shri Rashmi Ranjan Parida delivered the welcome address. Ms Prachee Naik, the Cofounder, managed and coordinated the event and the official vote of thanks was offered by Shri Debasish Samantarya.
About Odisha Diary Foundation
Odisha Diary Foundation is a not-for-profit trust that organises and manages festivals and functions the Odisha Living Legend Awards, Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) and Mystic Kalinga Festival (MKF). The foundation has been registered to carry forward the socio-cultural and capacity development activities of Odisha Media Info Services (OMIS). OMIS manages the leading online media platforms including that Odisha Diary, India Education Diary and OdishaInc. The foundation has taken KLF to Kandhamal and Koraput in last one year.