Sambalpur, June 5 (LocalWire): Dr. Atal Bihari Panda (92), the famed lyricist, playwright, theatre and movie actor passed away today morning at Burla Medical college and hospital, Sambalpur. He lost his wife few days ago.
Dr. Panda was born at Binika in Subarnapur District. He started acting in plays in 1944 and acted in nearly 100 plays throughout his life.
He has written 65 stage and radio plays, many of them in the Sambalpuri language.
He is one of the pioneer playwrights of Sambalpuri plays.
“Phata Kapaal” written by him is the first printed Sambalpuri play.
His second Sambalpuri play “Bhains Aage Nagdhuni” was a much talked about play.
Dr. Harekrushna Mahtab, ex Chief Minister of Odisha, once saw one of his plays and suggested him to write opera script. He wrote six operas while serving at Cuttack.
“Baagha Matichi”, an opera written by him created a high voltage sensation. “Mani Sangraha”, “Klanta Aparanha” are two of his popular Odiya plays.
“Sadgati”, Sambalpuri play written by him and staged by Srujani, Sambalpur could fetch many awards from different play competitions.
He has penned many famous Sambalpuri songs. He is the lyricist of most of the popular songs sung by Late Fakir Pattanaik.
He left people stunned with his debut performance as an actor in Sambalpuri movie “Sala Budha” as an actor in 2013 at the age of 83.
He continued to mesmerize audience in his two subsequent Sambalpuri films Adim Vichar and Sala Budhar Badla, all directed by Sabyasachi Mahapatra.
He has got two back to back Odisha State Film Award for Best Actor. Felicitated many times, Dr. Atal Bihari Panda received D. Litt by Sambalpur University in 30 convocations in 2019.
He was in Government Service and was staying at Burla, Sambalpur. He continued to stay at Burla after retirement. He breathed his last at the same place.