Atal Bihari Panda, a well-known Sambalpuri cine artiste who received several honours for his film ‘Sala Budha,’ died early Saturday morning. He was 92 years old at the time.
Panda died at the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Science and Research (VIMSAR) in Burla while receiving treatment for blood septicaemia.
He has been receiving treatment at the leading health centre in western Odisha for the last several days. According to hospital officials, he died at 3.45 a.m. due to multiple organ failure.
Following certain geriatric-related problems, he was admitted to the hospital.
Panda was a household name in western Odisha due to his outstanding acting abilities. In hundreds of theatres and plays, he has played a variety of roles. He also wrote the scripts for hundreds of plays.
He made his debut in the Sambalpuri feature film “Sala Budha” at the age of 83, which received accolades in numerous categories at the Odisha Film Awards.
The film received the prize for best film. The film’s director, Sabyasachi Mohapatra, won the award for best director. Panda won a slew of prizes, including two state film awards in Odisha.
Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed their condolences on the death of the ‘Sala Budha’ famed and well-known Sambalpuri cine artiste.
“Panda was a true performer. His death is a personal tragedy for me, “said Mohapatra.
Written By: Swati Sahoo