Samuel Sahu

I have the honour to present to you Shri Samuel Sahu, popularly known as Babi, who is the recipient of the Akademi Award for Oriya Stage Acting. Born in March 1918, the life of Shri Samuel Sahu from infancy is chequered with vicissitudes. However, when Shri Samuel Sahu was only 21, the artist that was dormant in him gave response to the clarion call of his Guru in stage acting, Shri Kavichandra Kalicharan Patnaik, and spasmodically expressed thereafter. Shri Samuel Sahu joined a few theatrical concerns and was crowned with great success. He has produced and directed more than 60 Oriya dramas on professional stage. He is also acclaimed as one of the leading artists of the Orissan screen. For his pre-eminence in Orissa Stage Acting and for his devotion and service to its cause, I pray, Sir, that you may be pleased to grant him recognition as Oriya Stage Actor of the Year, and award to him a brocade Angavastram, a lotus-embossed leaf in gold and a Sanad in token of that recognition.