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Eminent Odia poet Rabi Singh died following a prolonged illness

Cuttack:2/2/20:Eminent Odia poet Rabi Singh died on Sunday following a prolonged illness, his family sources said.He was 89.

Singh, who was suffering from old-age related ailments, breathed his last at his residence in Khapuria in Cuttack in the morning, they said.

Popularly known as “Biplabi Kabi” (revolutionary poet) for his patriotic writings, Singh had raised his voice through his creations against degenerating values in the society.

His writings highlighted the significance of socialism and egalitarianism in the society.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled the demise of Singh, describing him as a “very talented poet, prolific writer and true patriot”, an official in CMO said.

The chief minister declared state funeral.

“His death has created a great void in modern Odia literature. His poems were remarkable in carrying the values of socialism, human rights and equality of classes,” Patnaik said in a message.

State information and public relations minister Raghunandan Das also expressed deep grief over the demise of Singh.

Recipient of a number of honours, Singh was conferred with Odisha Sahitya Akademi award in 1961.

The renowned poet was also honoured with the “Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman 2017” for his illustrative contribution to Odia literature.

His writings include ‘Patha Prantara Kabita’, ‘Lal Pagoda Ra Preta O Anya Kabita’, ‘Bhrukuti’, ‘Bidirna’, ‘Paschima Parba’, ‘Purba Parba’, ‘Kebala Sangram’ among others.

 

 

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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