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Renowned music director Shantanu Mohapatra passed away

Bhubaneswar:30/12/20: Renowned music director Shantanu Mohapatra passed away at a private hospital here late on Tuesday night. He was 84.

Mohapatra was admitted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Monday. The music maestro was suffering from acute pneumonia, among other symptoms.

Shantanu Mohapatra was born on November 1936, in Baripada in Mayurbhanj district. He received B.Sc in Applied Geology and Geophysics in 1957 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He joined the State Directorate of Mining and Geology Government of Odisha in June 1957 as a Geologist from which he later retired as the Director (Mining & Geology) in 1994. A born singer, Mr. Mohapatra learned vocal music from Sangeet Narayan Banchhanidhi Panda from the age of five years and was ready for public performances at the tender age of nine years. Shantanu Mohapatra is a multi-faceted personality who has shown his talent both as a singer and music director.

As a “Top Grade” composer of AIR & Doordarshan, for over 30 years, Shantanu Mohapatra has composed hundreds of Oriya modern songs. Besides composing hundreds of songs and scoring Music for about 10 Jatra’s (Folk Theatre). He has scored the music of many Odiya, Bengali, and Hindi feature films which won both Regional and National Awards. Those films include Chilika Terrey, Priyatamaa, Agni Parikshya, Meghamukti, Sita Raati (Art), Jibana Sangram in Oriya language, ‘Mahaaprithibi’ (Bengali)(Art) and SODH (Hindi) (Art) which won the Golde Lotus Award in 1979-the first coloured Hindi film produced from Odisha.

He has also been credited as the first Odia music director to work in films in five different languages: Odia, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese and Telugu. Besides Odia playback singers, Shantanu Mohapatra was the first Odia music director to direct Lata Ji and Md. Rafi Sahab to sing for an Odia movie. Others who have sung under his music direction include, Suresh Wadekar, Abhijeet, Anuradha Powdwal, Kabita Krishnamurti from Mumbai. His awards include Lalit Kala Academy, 2004, Odisha Film Critic Award, 1995; Chhayaa Chitra (Film Journal, Cuttack)1981, Sura Sudarshan, Srikshetra Kala Prakashika, Puri, 1979; Chalachitra Jagat (Film Journal, Cuttack), 1978 and Chitrapuri (Film Journal, Cuttack), 1969.

AS a Music director:(Name of the film)

Ranabhumi (1994)

Pathar Khasuchi Bada Deulu (1993) Mukti Tirtha (1992)

Bhinna Samaya (1992)

Maha Prithibi (1992) (Bengali) Bagh Bahadur(Hindi) (1989)

Kichhi Smruti Kichhi Anubhuti (1988) Golamgiri (1988)

Bhanga Silata (1986) Majhi Pahacha (1986) Klanta Aparanha (1985) Jaga Balia (1985)

Niraba Jhada (1984) Dora (1984)

Jibana Sangram (1984) Shodh (1981) (Hindi) Seeta Rati (1981)

Agni Parikshya (1980) Megha Mukti (1980) Priyatama (1978) Chilika Teerey (1978) Arundhati (1967) Suryamukhi (1963)


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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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