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Veteran stage actress Saudamini Pati died at the age of 74

Bhubaneswar:16/1/21; Veteran stage actress Saudamini Pati passed away today afternoon at her VSS Nagar at the age of 74, Bhubaneswar residence.  Saudamini Pati, a congenial star made her stage presence merely at the age of eight years. Playing the role of kid wife of Kavi Jayadev, she instantaneously caught the imagination of the cultural people of Rambha, and claimed the best performer award in her first-ever performance. The untimely demise of Shri Banchanidhi Pati, her encouraging father left the family to fend for itself.

 The professional actress was born- out of talent and necessity. Her incessant acting ability brought money and most importantly fame that paved a path to a career in acting. In the beginning, she was known to people in south Odissa and towns of Aska, Ganjam, and Bhanjanagar but was not destined to cease there. She spread her ambit by joining Janata Rangamanch which brought her closer to the Stage of Cuttack and Odiya film Industry. Jautuka, Nasta Urbasi, Jhanja, Asoka Stambha, Jawan, Emiti bi hue, Ka age kahibi, Surjya Parag are few acclaimed among those 100 roles that she played on stage as a vamp or heroine. She was highly acclaimed both by the press and public for her golden stint from 1963 to 1970.

 In the year 1970, she joined the government of India as a Staff artist in the Song and Drama Division of the Department. She played credibly in many roles in Government-sponsored programmes until her retirement in the year 2009. She was active in Radio Dramas of AIR Cuttack.

 She had bagged several credible roles in Odiya films like Amar Prem, Mahasati Savitri, Nijhum Ratira Sathi, and even a Hindi movie “Sodh” winning President’s Gold Medal. Ms. Pati acted in many TV serials that were telecasted on DD Oriya and a few of them like Kantha Kahe Kahani & Bahaghara were highly appreciated.

During her 58 years of career, she has received many awards and accolades at the state and national levels. She is awarded by Manana Natya Sansthan in 2005 and Panchama Veda Purashkar in 2007. She has been appreciated & awarded with “Satabdi Ra Kalakar” in 2009 and 2014.

 She is awarded by Sishu Kalam for her outstanding contribution to Odiya play and industry in 2013 and has also been awarded by Sishu Kalam in the 6th Theatre Festival organized by Canmass in 2014.

She was also awarded with the highest award of Odisha Sangeet Natak Academy for her contribution & her role as an actress in Odiya theater & film industry from the State Government.

Monoj Pattnayak of Manana Natya Sansthan , Dhira Mallick of  “Satabdi Ra Kalakar”  mourns for her death besides several organasation and individual  has mourned for the death of an  actress.

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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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