25 Mar, 2014
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Moorti Devi Award 2012
Haraprasad Das, the renowned Odia writer, was presented with the 26th Moorti Devi Award of the Bharatiya Jnanpith (for 2012) on 4 February 2014. The award consists of a citation and a cash prize of Rs 4 Lakhs. Moorti Devi Award is among the highest rated literature awards in India.
About Moortidevi Award
The Moortidevi Award is an annual literary award in India presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith for a work which emphasizes Indian philosophy and culture. The prize includes an amount of Rupees four Lakh, a plaque, a statue of Goddess Saraswati and a shawl. The award was first given in 1983 and till now 25 writers have received this prestigious award.
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