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Veteran Odia film actor Ajit Das passed away ( Born:20.01.1949-Death 13.09.2020.)

Bhubaneswar 13/9/20: Veteran Odia film actor Ajit Das passed away while undergoing treatment at a private hospital here on Sunday.  He was admitted to the hospital after testing positive for Covid-19. Ajit Das was 71. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

According to the source, his wife Maya Das was discharged from the COVID Hospital after her test report came out negative for COVID-19.

Born in Karanjia town in Mayurbhanj district in 20.01.1949, Das had debuted in Ollywood with ‘Sindura Bindu’ in 1976. He had left his marks in Odia films like ‘Hakim Babu’, ‘Maa’, and ‘Tunda Baida’ playing dominating characters. He was an alumnus of National School of Drama (NSD). The veteran actors including Bijay Mohanty, Om Puri, and Naseeruddin Shah were his batchmates in country’s premier theatre training institute. Das had acted in over 60 Odia films and produced many plays. He was the founder of drama organization AJIT.

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1-“Sesha Pratikshya”  Ajit Das & Bidyutmayee 2-Hakim Babu Ajit & Dolly Jena

The former Head of the Department of Drama at Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, he essayed the role of the protagonist in ‘Megha Mukti’. He also received critical acclaim for ‘Hakim Babu’ in the early 80s. Das was last seen in Arindam-Elina starrer film ‘Ishq Puni Thare’, which was released in September 2018.

Describing late Ajit Das as a great genius, the  OdishaChief Minister  Naveen Pattnaik said that he had left an indelible mark in Odia film industry as a versatile actor and director.“A former head of the department of drama at Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, Ajit Das’ demise has created a great void in the Odila film industry which will take years to fill. Das will continue to live in the hearts of innumerable cine lovers of Odisha,” he added. Similarly, Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan, BJP national Vice President Baijayant Panda, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan, and Pratap Chandra Sarangi took to Twitter to express grief and condolences over the death of the prolific actor. The film fraternity also conveyed its condolences.

 

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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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