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Veteran comedian of Odia film industry Sarat Mohanty passed away

Soro(Balasore):5/3/17: Veteran comedian of Odia film industry Sarat Mohanty passed away late on Saturday night here following prolonged illness.

Mohanty breathed his last at around 1.00 am at Community Health Centre (CHC) in Soro. He was 88. He was suffering from age-related ailments since a long time.In 1964 there was a very popular song sung by Akshya Mohanty for Odia Film AmadadaBata”Eta Kali Kala Riti Bhaire..in which sarat Mohanty had acted in a servent role during that time most of the eminient singer refused to sun this song bacause the actor had essayed role of servent.At that time Akshya Mohanty came forward to sing that song according to him for singer song is dedication there is no such bar servant or lord..Still now this song from Amada bata is popular . The iconic actor gave the real star-value to comedy and comedians by his natural and inimitable acting. Such was his talent and ability that being a comic actor he could rise to be the Director of the then JANATA RANGAMANCHA from a spot boy. Theatre -goers at ticket counter of Janata Rangamancha would ask for tickets only if Saratbabu was present in the show. When odia film KAA (kanhuchran’s)was on release it was amazing to see that each and every corners and walls of cultural city Cuttack was filled with posters having the only photo of one-squint-eyed Saratbabu and KAA written below it with date and name of cinema hall of release.


The comic actor, a native of Khirkona in Balasore district, had made his debut in the film ‘Laxmi’ released in 1962. He shot to fame for his dialogues in the film in which he had played a son character of eminent cine artist Krushna Chandra Pandey.

Later, he appeared in a series of hit films including ‘Kaa’, ‘Amadabata’, ‘Stree’, ‘Mala Janha’, ‘Bhuli Huena’, ‘Puja Phoola’ and ‘Sakala Tirtha Toh Charane’.

Mohanty had also acted in many TV soaps in Odisha.

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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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