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Kashinath Sahoo, theatre exponent, dramatist, and playwright is no more

Pipili:29/7/20: Kashinath Sahoo, theatre exponent, dramatist, and playwright died at Pipili today. He was 108 years old and one of the oldest person alive in the entire State. He died at his residence after just a few hours of falling ill.  He was among the founders on the Annapurna Theatre Group and had staged more than 100 plays during his lifetime. He had been honoured with any rewards and awards and felicitated for his performances.

What was little known about him was that he was a true Gandhian who had written many small plays during the freedom struggle years. Kashinath was perhaps the last living person who had participated in Mahatma Gandhi’s epochal Harijan Padayatra in 1934.  In fact, the young Kashinath was part of the group who had walked with the Mahatma from Dandamukundpur till  Pipili on the 12th of May 1934.

Inspired by the Mahatma, he had written nearly half a dozen plays which highlighted the freedom struggle. These were staged in Puri and Cuttack, and Kashinath just escaped imprisonment from the authorities due to the indirect innuendo and slapstick effects of the plays.

He founded the first Cinema Hall of Pipili, Bijoyshree Talkies, which surprisingly is still running. He founded the Pipili Sanskrutika Parishad along with many other cultural organisations. He was among the founders of the Pipili Mahavidyalaya and   Jawahar Vidyapeeth. He was instrumental in the holding of the annual Pipili Mahaustav and the Daya Mahaustav.

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