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Self-trained anthropologist and tribal activist Raghunath Rath Breathed his Last

Phulbani:3/9/18: Raghunath Rath, noted scholar of tribal studies, breathed his last  at his residence in Baliguda today.

He was 77.   His final rites were performed at the Swargadwar at Puri.

A self-trained anthropologist and tribal activist, his passion was the study of the history, culture and traditions of the Kandhs. He spent many years of his life with the Kandhs tribals had had mastered the Kui language. His research and studies were based on firsthand experience. In his lifetime, he had traveled the length and breadth, or rather the hills, forests and hamlets of Kandhamal   and has written many original works. Most of his writings were empirical and path breaking, hitherto they had not been reported earlier anywhere.

Rath has written more than a dozen books. His book “The Kandhs and Kandhamal” is an important study in the history and culture of the region. He was the first scholar to translate and decipher the unique Kui Riddles.  Rath had, during his lifetime guided many scholars from Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Sambalpur and Utkal Universities besides researchers from Oxford and Cambridge. He was conferred with many awards during his lifetime including the Sahitya Academy and the Itihas Sankalan Samity award.

Rath has willed his entire library comprising, of more than 5000 rare books and journals to the National Archives of India.

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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