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Well-known Odia film producer Tofan Tripathy no more

Sambalpur:4/10/20: Well-known Odia film producer Tofan Tripathy passed away at his residence at Mudipada in Sambalpur city on Friday. He was 92 on 3rd  October 2020. The first Odia film producer from Western Odisha, Tripathy achieved fame for his two films Sadhana and Ashanta Graha. Of these Sadhana, which was released in 1964, had won the President’s Award for the best regional film.


He was born on November 14, 1932, at Pitapalli village in Sambalpur district. His family later moved to Sambalpur city after their village was submerged by the Mahanadi River following the construction of Hirakud Dam. After working in the Hirakud Dam project for some years, Tripathy left his job and opened a garments shop in Sambalpur. But as he had a penchant for acting, Tripathy formed a theatre group in 1960.

The veteran film producer was cremated at Rajghat in Sambalpur. His youngest son, Sunil Tripathy, lit the funeral pyre, Expressing profound grief on the demise of Tripathy, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has condoled the family members.


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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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