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Mortal remains of Noted litterateur Binapani Mohanty were consigned to flames with full State honours

Cuttack: 25/4/22:The mortal remains of Padma Shri awardee litterateur Binapani Mohanty were consigned to flames with full State honours at Sati Chaura cremation ground here on Monday.

Several dignitaries including Cuttack Collector Bhabani Shankar Chayani, Cuttack DCP Prateek Singh and Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) Commissioner Ananya Das turned up at the cremation ground to pay their last tribute to the departed soul. Later, the writer was accorded a ceremonial guard of honour.

Mohanty breathed her last at her residence in Cuttack while undergoing treatment for geriatric-related ailments. She was 85.

Revered as an eminent writer, Mohanty was conferred with the prestigious “Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman” by Odisha Sahitya Akademi for her contribution to Odia literature. Mohanty received the Padma Shri for her rich creative repository of the Odia literature.

She began her literary career as a storyteller with the publication of ‘Gotie Ratira Kahani’ in 1960. The best of her stories are ‘Pata Dei’, ‘Khela Ghara,’Naiku Rasta’, ‘Bastraharana’, Andhakarara’, ‘Kasturi Murga O Sabuja Aranya’ and ‘Michhi Michhika’.

It was ‘Pata Dei’ that earned the Sahitya Akademi Award for Mohanty in 1990. She had also penned three Odia novels and translated Russian folk tales from English to Odia.

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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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