Bhubaneswar:10/5/18:May 9, 2018 proved to be a Black Wednesday for Odia Journalism as two media persons worth their names left for their heavenly abode creating vacuums in the field of investigative journalism and film journalism. Two major pillars in their respective fields Chnadrabhanu Patnaik and Radhanath Mohapatra left for their heavenly abode.
With a small life span of only 60 years Chandrabhanu could rise to a level which very few Odia newspersons could reach.. Though he was born and brought-up in Bpuji Nagar one of the oldest habitations of the capital city his native village was Chhanagiri located at a distance of hardly 100 meters from my village Olasingh. Chandrabhanu was a student of English literature and taught in Ekamara College of the capital city for few years. Since journalism was his first love he had to quit the teaching job for joining the Sambad under leadership of Soumya Ranjan Patnaik .He proved his ability as the bureau chief and earned name as an investigative journalist till 1999 to bring out “ Satabdi” a colour Odia fortnightly which soon became popular.
Subsequently he joined as the Editor of State’s oldest Odia daily The Samaj founded by Urkalmani Gopabandhu Dash.
Though Chandrabhanu was rarely visiting his native village Chhanagiri, the people of the village loved him too much and had organized a feast in the village temple to celebrate his achievement in the field of journalism. In political analysis Chnadrabhanu was superb. Though he had a brief stint in TV journalism as head of STV Samachar he could prove his unique ability . With his sad demise I feel too much pain in my heart and pray for his noble soul to rest in peace and God give enough strength to his bereaved family to bear this great loss.