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Nice to be pan-Indian: Nandita Das on being conferred Odia honour

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Actress, filmmaker and activist Nandita Das, who will on Friday be among six people to receive the Prabasi Odia Samman, says she feels deeply connected to her roots in and that she finds it good to be pan-Indian.

Nandita will be conferred the award at New Delhi-based think tank Forum's annual function at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here.

"While I never lived in Odisha, my father has instilled in me his own passion for Odia food, craft, arts and culture. In my childhood, I went to every single year. So while I feel like a global citizen, I still feel deeply connected to my roots in Odisha," Nandita said in a statement.

"Though I always say I'm half Odia, half Gujarati and I've done films in 10 different language - it's nice to be pan-Indian - it also does feel special to be selected for this honour by the Odisha Forum," she added.

Nandita will be joined by Swarup Ranjan Mishra, Susmita Mohanty, Pinaki Panigrahi, noted dance exponent Sharon Lowen, and

Nandita, apart from being an acclaimed actress, is also a conscientious activist who speaks her mind.

Her second directorial venture, the upcoming "Manto" narrates a turbulent time of change that greatly influenced and playwright Saadat Hasan Manto's life. The film is a portrait of a and complex man, known for his fearless opinions.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 00:02 IST
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