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Friday, 11 May 2018 13:08 Written by

Prasanta Patnaik 


Bhubaneswar:Veteran Odia film actress Anita Das breathed her last on Friday, 11th May 2018 . She was  57. She died of cardiac arrest at her residence near Shelter Chhak in Cuttack.

Anita Das was born on 1st October in 1951.  The actress was best known for restraint and subtlety in portrayal of varied emotions. She was introduced to the film industry by Akshaya Mohanty, Hemant Das, and Bijay Mishra in Jajabara 1975. She paired with Gobind Tej in her next film Krusna Sudama.

She shot to fame instantly with her portrayal of a Female Leads that Make Guys Cry. Despite displaying her acting prowess through characters in films like Jajabara, krushna Sudama, Bandhu Mahanty, Naga Phasa, Tapoi, Sankha Mahuri, Sautuni, Samar Salim Saimon, Mathura Vijay, Alibha Daga, Tapasya, Ram Balram, Maa O Mamata, Akshi Tritiya,  Swapna Sagara, Anita  was best known for her performance in Pua Mora Kala Thakura.. She played leading roles in her early films and started playing mother roles during the 80s.  Pua Mora Kala Thakura was a turning point to her career.  Her acting career spanned more than 40 years, and she acted in over 100 films.

Expressing deep grief over untimely death of Anita Das, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said she will be remembered for her immense contribution to Odia film and TV industry.

Anita was known to me since her association in Jajabara in 1975 as Aksaya Mohanty and Hemanta Das were too close to me and they were also closely associated with “Chandrika” a magazine devoted to literature, film and culture which was edited by me. Subsequently she acted in “Bandhu Mohanty” produced by my fifth brother-in-law Dhiren Patnaik.

Anita was the sister-in-law of noted trade union leader Mayadhar Nayak . Her elder sister was a teacher and was very close to my wife Chndraprava who worked as the founding Head Mistress of Mangalpur Girls’ High School in Jajpur district. Therefore there was strong bond between Anita and my family and very often Maydhar babu used to speak about it.

I was extremely happy when Mayadhar babu;s son Akash made his debut in film as Akash Das Nayak and subsequently was elected to the State Assembly from B.J.D., though Assembly remained out of bounds for Mayadhar Nayak.

This month of May has proved to be too cruel to me and  my friends as I lost an younger brother-like successful media persons Chandrabhanu Patnaik and Radhanath

Mohapatra on May 10th and an younger sister-like Anita only a day after.

I sincerely pray almighty to rest her immortal soul in peace and give enough strength to Akash and all other family members to bear the great loss with courage. She will live for ever for her contribution to the Odia film industry.


Odia actress Prakruti Mishra receives National Film Award

Friday, 04 May 2018 10:01 Written by



New Delhi:It is indeed a matter of delight for Odisha as Ollywood actor Prakruti Mishra here today received the National Film Award in ‘Special Mention category’ for ‘Hello Arsi’. 

The young actor received the coveted award from Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani in the presence of Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting at the 65th National Film Awards ceremony held at Vigyan Bhavan this afternoon. 

The award ceremony was a lackluster affair as several artists boycotted protesting the last minute announcement that President Ram Nath Kovind would be presenting only 11 of more than 80 awards. 

Notably, the prestigious award is presented by President of India in the presence of Minister of Information and Broadcasting every year. 

In her reaction, Prakruti Mishra said: “It is a matter of pride for me to receive National Film Award. It doesn’t make any difference whether the award is presented by President or Minister. I am grateful to the producer, director, my father and others involved in the making of the film.”




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Saturday, 06 January 2018 07:43 Written by

BPFTIO celebrates Cinema Day to pay tribute to the Lumiere Brothers -Happy Birth Day to Cinema

Report;Debaranjan Samal,Odishabarta

Cuttack,29/12/17:Students and faculty member of Biju Patnaik Film & Television Institute of Odisha (BPFTIO) celebrated Cinema Day in Cuttack on  to mark the day on which Lumiere Brothers tried their first public screening of projected motion pictures in 1895 for the masses.

Biju Patnaik Film & Television Institute of Odisha (BPFTIO), Cuttack is celebrating World Cinema day like every year,  on December 28 and 29 on its campus. The inaugural function was held on 28th in presence of many well known personalities like Padmashree Awarded Director and Cinematographer AK Bir, veteran Odia actor Debu Bose and Odia author Devdas Chhotray.

AK BIR said to film lover “I want to congratulate everyone associated with the cinema industry on this auspicious occasion. Balwant Singh, Director, Directorate of Technical Education and Training said we are looking forward to develop the infrastructure and also introduce new Direction course very soon here at BPFTIO,”

This year films and documentaries by A.K Bir are being screened and the students of the institute are getting an opportunity to interact with the Eminent director and Cinematographer.

On Second day started with the screening of film “Labanya preeti” and end with “Baaja” followed by AK Bir interact with the students an film lover said “I like to congratulate each and everyone connected on the occasion of celebrating World Cinema. Very good to see and interact with young minds trying to get into this industry.”

Many notable alumni of the institution were equally excited to come back to their institution once again and get a chance to share their knowledge and experience with the students.

“I feel proud to have graduated from this institution and very happy to be here once again and meet one of the stalwarts of our field, AK Bir,” said National Award winner Shibu Prusty.

Senior faculty of BPFTIO Mr.Sudarsan Prasad  Nayak said Since last 18 years, the institute has been celebrating  World Cinema Day on December 28 to create awareness about the importance of the day and encourage film aspirants to make good cinema. The Cinema Day is a source of inspiration to the budding film makers.

BPFTIO is the only institute in India which celebrate cinema day on Dec 28 every year. The festival also gave students a chance to interact with famous film makers.

Notably, the Lumiere Brothers had screened film first time on December 28, 1895 at the Salon Indien du Grand Café in Paris.

This two-day event on World Cinema Day will conclude on Friday.


Saturday, 06 January 2018 07:34 Written by


Report;Pranay Panda,Odishabarta 

Berhampur,(Gopalpur-On-Sea),28/12/17:The annual five-day Gopalpur Beach Festival-2017 concluded here on Thursday evening with colourful extravaganza. 

On the day of inauguration Chief Guest Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Surjya Narayan Patro inaugurated. Patro said, the event said the State Government is giving importance to the tourist spots, including Gopalpur.Further he added adequate funds would be spent for development of Gopalpur. 

Gopalpur MLA and festival committee chairman Pradeep Panigrahi said tenders have been invited for an eco retreat hub, a circuit tourism project and development of Tampara which he announced at many times in different platform since long (!).

The show was lighted with Holy Deep before Lord Jagganath and the artists of Purshotam Jagannath Chetana performed ‘Samudra Arati’. 

Indian Idol-fame and Ollywood and Bollywood singer Annanya Sritam and Satyajit Jena are the main attraction. Among others renowned Bollywood singer HImesh Reshmiya,Neha Kakkar,MJ5 Super Dancer and Bollywood Mimicry artist, and with Reventh winner of Indian Idol  have  perform continuing from 24th to 28thDecember,2017. 

Gopalpur MLA, Pradip Panigrahy presided the festival for five days with Collector Ganjam Premchand Choudhury. 

Front of the Coin 

To control the crowed and traffic adequate police personnel were deployed for five days. Many officers including Additional SP were monitoring the law and order situation. 

Back of the Coin 

However, the Ganjam district BJP alleged that while farmers in the district are distressed over crop loss due to untimely rains and pest attacks, some Ministers and officers have connived to collect subscriptions from dishonest millers and are busy in enjoying dance and music. In inviting a press meet the BJP also alleged that the festival has turned into a BJD show. 

During introductory meeting the Organising committee constituted 18 sub-committee. Surprisingly many senior citizens, eminent persons, Media persons were not included. Major resentment noticed that Dr Panigrahy as the Chairman of the Festival committee ignored senior citizens. 

Press people too shown their dissatisfaction with a comment why the Organising committee did so (?). It’s a political festive or District festival (?).The entry pass not distributed properly to the family of press people while VIP pass and Political pass issued plenty in comparison (!). 

Average 30,000 people witnessed the festival for all days.

Tribute To Akshaya Mohanty

Friday, 08 December 2017 13:24 Written by

Namrata Mohanty’s new album pays tribute to Akshaya Mohanty, Report;Bureau,Odishabarta

Bhubaneswar, 12.10.2017: Celebrated Odia singer, composer, lyricist, musician, and writer Akshaya Mohanty is a legend in his own accord. A true visionary artist, who was much ahead of his time was born on 12th October 1936 at Cuttack. Starting his career in Government Services, he quit his job and became an All India Radio approved lyricist in 1956 and an approved composer by 1959. He had a prolific understanding of music and recorded his first song ‘Gori Gori Gori’ as playback singer in 1959 with the Odia movie ‘Maa’. Akshaya Mohanty has given music in more than 75 Odia movies and sung for more than 130 movies.

Anya Katha Anya Geeta’ Released.

Monday, 30 June 2014 00:00 Written by


Bhubaneswar,(12/06/2017):Odia rendering of well-known Bengali singer-composer-lyricist Kabir Suman's songs has been released at Kalinga Leterature Festival in Bhubaneswar on 10 June by former Chief Secretary of Odisha and author Subhash Pani and author JatindraNayak.

“The Trio “Gives a New Dimension

Monday, 30 June 2014 00:00 Written by

“THE TRIO “gives a new dimension to Odiya Music.


Bhubaneswar,30th July, 2017-It was an enthralling Musical evening at the Jayadev Bhawan, Bhubaneswar as “THE TRIO”- Manoj Das, Arya Mishra & Madhulita Parida performed at the Music launch event of their forthcoming Music albums, “Nirmalya” (Odiya Bhajans) &“Geetare Geetare” (Odiya Modern Songs). They have already begun a rewarding journey with their exclusive Music label "THE TRIO"that already has to its credit exquisite Odiya Music CDs, Samarpana, Alasi Nayi & Arpan- magnificent collections of Odiya Bhajans & Modern songs.

Adivasi Theatre And Dance Festival

Monday, 30 June 2014 00:00 Written by

Adivasi Theatre and Dance Festival by ‘Spandan’ Report by:Rajesh Mohapatra,Odishabarta

ROURKELA,(21/05/2017):‘Spandan” a prominent organization of Art & Drama in Rourkela is organizing three days long All India ‘Adivasi Theatre and Dance Festival’ at Civic Centre, Rourkela from May 27th to 28th. This has been a unique event which gives thrust on Adivasi and its culture and the best part is the location chosen is Adivasi belt, Rourkela. Rourkela Steel Plant has been a key institution to promote such events; here RSP has been sponsoring the event where in Art lovers and Artist from different places of India, like Jharkhand, Assam, Ranchi, Mayurbhanj and artist of different cultural groups of Rourkela will be participating these three days mega event of Art & Culture. With this, a discussion will also be held on a topic ‘Tradition of Adivasi Drama & It’s Devlopment’, where eminent personalities and experts will be participating and will keep their views. In the end there will be a felicitation programme for Artists for their distinctive contribution to this field.

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