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Veteran pala (folk) singer Prahallad Sahoo passed away

Sarua:30/5/21: Veteran pala (folk) singer Prahallad Sahoo passed away on Sunday. He was 86.

Gayak Samrat Sahoo breathed his last at his residence at Sarua in Khorda district. He was suffering from age-related ailments since the past few months. His last rites were performed at his native place amid Covid-19 restrictions.

He was survived by his four sons and two daughters. Sahoo was one of the foremost among the singers who tried their best to keep the pala in its pure and traditional form. He used to sing traditional Odia songs like Chhanda, Odishi, Champu, and Chaupadi along with Sanskrit shlokas in his performance to the amusement of the puritans of the folk art.

Sahoo started singing pala from a very tender age and continued it till last year. He has performed in thousands of stages in Odisha and outside the State.

“Sahoo’s demise is an irreparable loss for all the pala lovers across the state. He was a great ‘Sadhak’. He had great command over ‘shastras’ and ‘puranas’. He had the calibre to perform palas on different topics continuously for two months at a stretch. Gayak Samrat Sahoo has taught the folk art to many emerging pala singers of Odisha.

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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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