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I would remember this award and the event forever. The art and culture of Odisha are held in high esteem in the world. I extend my profound gratitude and admiration for the efforts of Sibasis Pradhan to fulfill the unfinished dream of his father and Padma Shri Guru Gangadhar Pradhan to stage an event like this. It is a matter of pride for me to receive the award named after the legendary guru.
Raghu was really talented. He was working with Chopra Master. His training was superior to mine because he had a great teacher. When we got together, we formed a new style, a bit of Padma Subrahmanyam, a bit of Kolhapuri Kathak, all my influences. So our compositions looked very different.
When I sent my file in 2014 for the Padma Bhushan award the ministry said u have to follow the rules and submit the application after 5 Years so my file got rejected last year and I again applied this year for the award . I read that Sushil Kumar name is recommended by the Sports ministry and he is not completed 5 years as a special case but even i won the Olympic bronze medal in 2012 and won many titles in 2014.
It is really tragic that even after 55 years and over 40 films, the government is giving me a Padma Shri award, which my juniors have received quite long back.
I am thankful that the present government thought about me, while the previous ones had ignored me. But tell me if someone of my stature should accept Padma Shri that has come so late?
For years, the central government has ignored me, honouring a number of my peers as well as juniors in the industry. Some three days ago, when I heard that my name is on the Padma awards list, I thought that I'm finally getting what I deserve. But when I came to know that the ministry has chosen me for Padma Shri, I felt it does not match my status and work.
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