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Odisha’s first woman lyricist Binodini Devi passed away

BHUBANESWAR:17/10/23:  Odisha’s first woman lyricist Binodini Devi passed away on October 16, Monday following a prolonged illness. She was 86.

Devi had suffered a brain stroke and was bedridden for several months. She was under treatment at Angul. A lyricist of Akashwani-Cuttack, Devi wrote some popular songs like ‘Nirimakhi Kuanri’ from Tapoi, ‘Se Ta Bhakta Bhabare Bandha’ from Shree Jagannath and ‘Rakata Talamala’ from the movie Mala Janha. In fact, she began her career in Odia cinema as a lyricist for Mala Janha movie. Apart from writing lyrics of Odia songs, she was also a writer.

The veteran musical maestro of the Odia film industry, late Akshay Mohanty, had offered her an opportunity to write songs for ‘Mala Janha’ movie. In the later period, she wrote lyrics for other films.

Born in 1937 in Tigiria area in Cuttack district, Binodini Devi was also a prolific litterateur. Her works like ‘Khokatiye Khokitiye’ (compilation of children’s songs), ‘Amruta’ (devotional song compilation), ‘Tiki Tiki Naali Kainch’ (children’s song compilation), ‘Ei Kala Mora Kalank’ (modern song collection) were some of the most talked about.

Condoling her death, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said she will always be remembered for the imprint she left in the world of Odia cinema and music. “I am saddened to know about the passing away of Odisha’s famous lyricist Binodini Devi. May her soul rest in peace. I express my condolences to the bereaved family,” he tweeted.

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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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