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Renowned music director Shantiraj Khosla passed away

Cuttack:27/5/2 Noted music director and lyricist Santiraj Khosla passed away while undergoing treatment at Cuttack Covid Hospital today, his family sources said. He was 50.

Recently, Khosla had tested positive for the virus and was admitted to the COVID Hospital at the SCB Medical College & Hospital in Cuttack. He breathed his last while undergoing treatment at the healthcare facility. Shantiraj Khosla was born in Koraput and has successfully directed many songs for the Odia film industry. He was also a good guitarist and mandolin player.

He was tested positive for Covid-19 a few days ago and was under home isolation since then. Khosla was admitted to the Covid Hospital at SCB Medical College and Hospital today after his health condition worsened and he complained of difficulty in breathing.

Regarded as one of the best music composers and top guitarists in Odia cine industry, Santiraj was awarded the state film award as best music director 2019 for the film for ‘Pheriaa Comback’produced under the banner of News7.


Born in Jeypore of Koraput, Khosla is credited to have composed some memorable musical hits like Mali Phula Tin Tinta, Mate Anidela Lakhe Phaguna, Tora Mora Jodi Sundara, Dhanare Rakhibu Sapatha Mora, Keun Duniaru Asila Bandhu, and more. Apart from that, he also had a significant contribution in enriching Odia bhajans and music albums.

Several noted personalities condoled the passing away of Santiraj. BJP’s National Vice President Jay Panda expressed grief on the demise of the music director through a Twitter post.

Nila Madhab Panda took to his social media and expressed his grief, he shared, “Saddened to hear about the demise of eminent Odia music director ShantirajKhosla. My sincere condolences to his family and fans. A huge loss for all of us. His unique style of music will always be remembered”

Ollywood actor Sritam Das said, “Khosla’s death is a huge personal loss for me. We had worked in some films together but I knew him close quite well. Around six months ago, his younger brother had passed away and it was a great shock to him.”A pal of gloom has descended in Odia music industry following the demise of Shantiraj.


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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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