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Well-known Odia Bhajan singer, Santilata Barik Chhotray, passed away

Bhubaneswar:1/4/24: Well-known Odia Bhajan singer, Santilata Barik Chhotray, passed away Monday at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar.

The late singer’s husband, Basant Chhotray, confirmed the news of her demise and said that the last rites will be held at Puri Swargadwar on Tuesday.

Santilata Barik was a revered personality in Odia devotional music and had contributed her soulful voice to numerous Odia Bhajan classics, such as ‘Jagannath Tume Bada Chhalia,’ ‘Thaka Mana Chala Jiba,’ ‘Mun Je Deula Bedha,’ and ‘Kaaliare.’

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has expressed his deep grief over the demise of eminent Odia singer Shantilata Barik, who passed away while undergoing treatment at a hospital in the capital city on Monday.

In a condolence message, the Chief Minister said that Shantilata Barik, a popular Bhajan singer, was a unique devotee of Lord Jagannath. She was very popular for her Jagannath Bhajans with soulful vocals. The Chief Minister described the demise of Shantilata Barik as an irreparable loss to the cultural world of Odisha. The Chief Minister prayed peace to the departed soul and expressed deep condolences to the bereaved family. The Chief Minister has also announced that the last rites of Shantilata Barik will be done with full state honors.


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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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