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Pradeep Maharathy mortal remains were consigned to flames at Swargadwara

Puri:4/10/20: Kin and admirers of late Pipili MLA and BJD leader Pradeep Maharathy bid a tearful adieu to him as his mortal remains were consigned to flames at Swargadwara in Odisha’s Puri today.

The veteran leader was also accorded guard of honour before his son lit the funeral pyre. Hundreds of supporters of Maharathy gathered at Swargadwara to have a last glimpse of the departed soul. The mortal remains were cremated with full state honours.

Earlier in the day, the body was taken from his residence in Bhubaneswar to the Odisha Legislative Assembly premises, then to the BJD state headquarters, and later to his farmhouse in Pipili.

As the hearse carrying the body headed towards Pipili from Bhubaneswar, the stretch of the road reverberated with ‘Pradeep Maharathy Amar Rahe’ slogans.

Thousands of constituents of Pipili gathered on roadside while many of them followed the hearse on motorcycles paying last respects to the departed leader as the vehicle carrying their deceased elected representative moved towards Swargadwara.

Maharathy breathed his last while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar late last night. He was admitted to the hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19 on September 14.

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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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