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Noted Bengali and Odia singer Nirmala Mishra passed away at her residence

Kolkota:31/7/22:Noted Bengali and Odia singer Nirmala Mishra passed away at her residence in Chetla area here in the early hours of Sunday after suffering a massive heart attack, a senior doctor said.

Mishra, 81, who lent her voice to songs in several Bengali and Odia films, had been battling age-related ailments for some time. “She suffered a massive heart attack around 12.05 am and was taken to the nearest nursing home, where the singer was declared dead,” the doctor told.

Born in 1938 in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district, Mishra is a recipient of the Sangeet Sudhakar Balakrushna Das Award, which was conferred on the singer for her lifetime contribution to Odia music.

Her popular Bengali songs include ? Eamon Ekta Jhinuk’,?Bolo to Arshi’ and ? Eai Banglar Mati Te’, while some of her hit Odia songs are ‘Nida Bhara Raati Madhu Jhara Janha’ and ‘Mo Mana Beena Ra Taare’.

The singer’s body will be taken to Rabindra Sadan around 11 am for her fans and admirers to pay their last respect, official sources said,.Born in 1938 in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district, Mishra is a recipient of the Sangeet Sudhakar Balakrushna Das Award, which was conferred on the singer for her lifetime contribution to Odia music. She was also honoured with Banga Bibhushan, Sangeet Samman and other prestigious awards for her contribution to Bengali music.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed grief over the demise of Mishra. The singer’s body will be taken to Rabindra Sadan around 11 am for her fans and admirers to pay their last respect, official sources said.
Her Career

Nirmala Mishra was given the opportunity to perform a song for the first time in 1960 in the Odia film Shri Lokanath by music director Balakrushna Das. She has performed in a number of well-known Odia films, including Adina Megha, Kaa, Malajanha, Abhinetree, and Stree.

Music lovers hold in high regard the majority of her performances from the 1960s and 1970s. In both Bengali and Odia movies, she was regarded as one of the most talented and admired playback singers.

The Sangeet Sudhakar Balakrushna Das Award was given to her in recognition of her lifelong contribution to Odia music.

Several of her contemporary songs include Eamun Ekta Jhinuk, Abese mukh rekhe piyal dale, Bolo to arshi, Kagojer bole Mone Koro, mone, Eai banglar mati tea, Ami to tomar, Ogo tomar akash duti choke, O tota Pakhi rea, Unmona mon swapne, Chotto Sea kotha Bhalobasa, and so on.

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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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