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Eminent litterateur and award-winning short fiction writer Manoj Kumar Panda is no more

Bhubaneswar:10/7/20: Eminent litterateur and award-winning short fiction writer Manoj Kumar Panda is no more. He died of heart attack in Bolangir district at the age of 65.

According to sources, Panda was admitted to a hospital after he complained of uneasiness where he passed away while undergoing treatment.

He had three published collections of short fiction, Hada Bagicha (1992), Varna Bagicha (2003) and Maya Bagicha (2010). He received many literary accolades including prestigious Sarala Award in 2015 for Maya Bagicha.

Panda had also translated two plays, All My Sons by Arthur Miller (2017) and Cross Purpose by Albert Camus (2019) in Odia. His works were also translated in English as The Bone Garden and Other Stories (Rupantar, 2009) and One Thousand Days in a Refrigerator (Speaking Tiger, 2016).

Born on October 4, 1954, in Bolangir, to Radhamani Panda and Nilamani Panda, he was the eldest among three sisters and three brothers. His father was a bench clerk to the district judge in Bolangir.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP Vice-President Baijayant Panda expressed grief over the passing away of the renowned writer.

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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