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Memorable roles in classic films actress Jharana Das

Ashok Palit

A major Odia actress in the 1960s, Smt. Jharana Das enjoyed huge popularity for her memorable roles in classic films like Amada Bata, Abhinetri and Malajanha. Roles made memorable by skilled character portrayal as well as deeply emotive performances. Her foundation as a talented child artiste with All India Radio Cuttack helped shape her career as an outstanding actress. Fascinated by Odissi dance, she had the benefit of having learnt this classical dance form under the tutelage of renowned Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Her valuable contribution to numerous radio plays earned AIR Cuttack considerable popularity, and her work in TV programmes earned her the post of Asst. Station Director of Doordarshan, Cuttack. She has also directed a biographical documentary film on noted Odia politician, Sri Harekrushna Mahatab. Recipient of the prestigious Jayadev Award among others.

 

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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