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Akshaya Chandra Ray – In Memoriam

Eminent engineer, Shri Akshaya Chandra Ray passed away on twentieth September at the Apollo hospital, Bhubaneswar.He was seventy-seven years old and had been ailing for some time.

Shri Ray had been a meritorious student all through his career. After successfully completing his intermediate in Science at Ravenshaw College, he completed his B.Sc  Engineering from Burla Engineering College. He worked in  State Government service for thirty five years under Govt. of Odisha in Department of Water Resources and retired as Chief Engineer. He had extensive experience in dealing with all aspects of major, medium and minor irrigation water management Projects. He had visited Italy, Korea, USA, Canada and other countries in connection with international seminars on participatory irrigation management organized by World Bank and other reputed organizations.

After his retirement, he managed the publication house, Adya Prakashani and established it as a reputed publication house in Odisha. He was also the President of the cultural organization Raaga and undertook several successful initiatives for the preservation and promotion of odia culture.As a dynamic member of the Rotary Club of Confluence, he was actively involved in many charitable causes.He received the Paul Harris Fellow recognition from Rotary International. A staunch supporter of charitable causes , he sponsored the education on many poor students. He nourished people around him with his simplicity, affection and caring nature.

He was married to eminent writer Dr.Pratibha Ray. Ministers, engineers, writers, publishers and his friends all mourned for him.


About Editor in chief

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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