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A Poverty-Stricken Fan Mechanic made the entire nation proud by clinching a Gold medal in Tokyo Paralympics 2020

Bargarh :5/9/21:Once a fan mechanic who was struggling to make ends meet, Odisha’s Pramod Bhagat has made the entire nation proud by clinching a Gold medal in Tokyo Paralympics 2020 in badminton men’s singles SL3.

Born in 1988 in Attabira of Bargarh district, Pramod was assisting his elder brother in repairing fans at a roadside shop in the area. He couldn’t complete ITI course at a college in Hirakud due to the poor financial condition of his family. When Pramod was five years old, he developed a defect on his left leg. At the age of 13, he went to watch a badminton match and was fascinated with the sport. During the next two years, he worked on his footwork and fitness. Pramod played his first badminton tournament against normal category players at the age of 15. There was no practicing at the NALCO Indoor Stadium in Angul, Pramod had participated in the National Championship in Bengaluru in 2006 and emerged victorious.

He is currently ranked world number one in para-badminton men’s singles SL3 and has so far won over 40 medals, including four gold medals in World Championships.

Pramod was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award and Odisha Government’s Biju Patnaik Sports Award in 2019.

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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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