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Veteran trade union leader, writer and columnist Souribandhu Kar passed away

Bhubaneswar:14/4/20: Veteran trade union leader, writer and columnist Souribandhu Kar died at a hospital in Bhubaneswar following a brief illness, family sources said. He was 72  and survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter. His elder son Soubhagya is an Indian Information Service officer posted in New Delhi. His second son Sidharth is a lawyer while daughter Supriya is a translator.

Kar, who was the general secretary of the Odisha unit of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), was undergoing treatment at a private hospital where he died on Monday night, known from a family source. People from different walks of life, including many Left leaders, mourned his death. CPI state unit secretary Asish Kanungo and CPI (M) leader Janardan Pati condoled Kar’s death, terming it “a great loss for the trade union movement”.

One of the prominent trade union leaders in Odisha, Kar was actively involved in the Left movement for many years. A well-known CPI leader from the state, he was associated with movements seeking to safeguard the interests of industrial workers, farm labourers and bank employees.

He had also raised his voice against child labour and fought for eliminating social evil. Kar, who worked in a bank also authored several books in different genres such as biographies (Manabatara Mahan Tirtha, Paramhansa Ramakrushna & Rashtranirmata Nehru), short story- collections (Nisprabha Ekalabya, Narottama Sadangira Diary), children’s literature (Deshapremi Swami Vivekananda, Babasaheb Ambedkar), prose (Vedantara Swara) and novels (Pratidhwani & Echharama Putra). He won several awards and recognitions including the prestigious Odisha Sahitya Academy award in 2012 for’Manabatara Mahan Tirtha’.

Kar was born at Jalasarapur village in Jajpur district. His younger brother Bauribandhu Kar was formerly Professor of Odia at Berhampur University.

 

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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