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Former minister and eminent writer Jadunath Das Mohapatra Passesd away

Bhubaneswar:21/8/18: Former minister and eminent writer Jadunath Das Mohapatra died at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. He was 90.

The former education minister’s son, daughter and relatives were present at his bedside when he breathed his last today afternoon.

Das Mohapatra was admitted to the private hospital on Sunday due to kidney-related ailments.

Born on March 1, 1929, in Balasore, Mohapatra started his political career as a student leader. He was the president of the Kolkata Utkal Chhatra Sangh.

He had Joined Congress in 1962 and was elected as general secretary of the Balasore District Congress Committee in 1964-1967 and President Balasore D.C.C in 1967. He was elected to Assembly from Soro constituency twice and had become a minister of the State. He was the Education minister in the cabinet of former Chief Minister Janaki Ballav Patnaik.

Apart from politics, he has gained popularity in literature. A reputed writer of the state, Das Mahapatra writes stories, poems, novels and dramas. Among his literary contributions, Gramya Nadira Teere, Bibhisika, Manisha Rajyaran Jale, Parasamani, Suryamandira, Sangram, Bhulihuana, Khyamakaribeki, Setubandh are readers’ favorite.It is worthy to note that odia film  Bhulihuana was produced by him which was based on his novel in the same name.this was first and last directorial debut of actor bijya Mohanty till now.

About Ashok Palit

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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