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Eminent historian and senior epigraphist Sadanand Agrawal is no more



Bolangir1/8/17:: Eminent historian and senior epigraphist (study of inscriptions) Sadanand Agrawal passed away here today. He was 65.

Agrawal was taken ill and shifted from his residence at Menda to Bolangir district headquarters hospital where he died at around 4 am. Known for his extensive research on western Odisha history Agrawal lacked any formal higher education, but had earned  fame in the field of history. He was a pioneer in epigraphy and had dedicated his life to neglected history of western Odisha.

His immense contribution in the field of research in history and epigraphy would remain an indelible gift for Odisha in particular.

His efforts to spread the teachings of Santha Kavi Bhima Bhoi and make Bhima Bhoi samadhi Peetha at Khaliapali in Subarnapur district a pilgrimage site are commendable.

Sadanand had penned some important books, essays, research papers on history of western districts like Sonepur, Bolangir. Some of his noted works include History of Sonepur and Koshal, Two Copper Plate Grants from Western Orissa and several others which are now subjects in post graduation and research levels at several universities,we  pray Lord Jagannath, the immortal soul may rest in eternal peace.

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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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