Bhubaneswar, Sept 21 (LocalWire): Former Additional Deputy Director-General of Prasar Bharti, Abhaya Padhi, passed away today due to illness at a hospital in Sambalpur.
Having joined the Indian Information Service in Akashvani as a Transmission Executive, Padhi has served All India Radio and Doordarshan in various capacities, including in frontier posts like Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram.
Padhi retired as Additional Deputy Director-General of Prasar Bharti, India’s largest public broadcasting agency.
Even while in Govt of India service, he was actively associated with literary and social reform activities.
His voice over the radio on a serial – “Tike Sununta” – a reforming satire was very popular amongst the people of Western Orissa.
‘Gula Gupa’, another series of his essays was broadcast by All India Radio which was educative and reforming in nature.
A poet, a lyricist, an essayist and an eloquent speaker, Sri Abhaya Padhi was a man of the masses. He was always at the forefront for the development of the lifestyle of the local people and the environment.
Several collections of his composed poems have been published and are considered of very high philosophical thoughts.
His poem ‘Janmaandhara Indradhanu Darshana’ and other poems have been translated into many Indian languages.
He had co-authored ‘Sambalpuri – Koshali Language, A Profile’ which is considered an authentic reference of the grammar, phrases and usage of the rich language of Western Orissa.
He is survived by his wife Basanti Mohanty, son Biswarup Padhi & daughter Dr. Neha Padhi.