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Former Legislator , noted Actor and Lawyer Umakanta Mishra passed away

Bhanjanagar:25/5/21: Former Legislator from Bhanjanagar Assembly constituency, noted Actor and Lawyer Umakanta Mishra died at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. He was 82.

Mishra was suffering from age-related ailments and had been admitted to the hospital for the past two weeks. He breathed his last at 4 am today.

He was born on July 14, 1939, at Sanakodanda village in Bhanjanagar of Ganjam district. His father was noted social activist Jagannath Mishra.

After his schooling, Mishra completed BLLB and worked as a Lawyer at the Bhanjanagar court.

Mishra was elected as MLA from Bhanjanagar Assembly constituency on a Congress party ticket in 1985. He also worked as the Chairperson of OREDA Corporation. He was the Senate Member of Berhampur University as well.

He wrote more than five plays. After performing in several plays, he displayed his fine acting skills in the super-hit movie ‘Amadabata’ in 1964.

He also acted in ‘Bheegi Palko’ along with Raj Babar and Smita Patil in 1982.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh expressed grief over Mishra’s demise.

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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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