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Akhila Naik, the writer of the first Odia Dalit novel ‘Bheda’, passed away

Cuttack, 14/11/21:: Akhila Naik, the writer of the first Odia Dalit novel ‘Bheda’, passed away today. Naik was suffering from prolonged disease and breathed his last this morning.

He was known for his Odia novel, ‘Bheda’. Akhila Naik comes from a Dom family in the hinterlands of Kalahandi in Odisha.
Naik, who hailed from the Kalahandi district, became the first Dalit author to write a novel in Odia. In 2017, an English translation of Bheda, by Raj Kumar, a professor at Delhi University was published by Oxford University Press.

The book served as an important corrective to Odia literature, which has seen few representations of the Dalit experience.

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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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