Farewell Kalpana: Hometown Bids Adieu, Last Rites Performed In Puri

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03 June 2019


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Puri/Dhenkanal: Amidst a somber atmosphere, the last rites of Odisha's first Everester Kalpana Dash were performed on Monday morning at around 1:30 am in Swargadwara at the holy land of Puri.

Dash's body was flown via New Delhi from Nepal to the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar on Sunday morning. After denizens and eminent personalities from the field of sports, politics and film paid their last tributes at Kalinga Stadium, the body was taken to her hometown Dhenkanal.

In her hometown, eyes glistened with tears as a procession was taken out amidst bhajans and chants of 'Kalpana Amar Rahe'. Kalpana's relatives and neighbours broke down on seeing their beloved's body.

After that, the body was taken to Puri where Kalpana's brother Pradip Dash performed the last rites. As her pyre burned, Odisha lost one of its favourite daughters to the unknown.

Dash, 53, who hailed from Dhenkanal, was the state's first Everester. She first scaled the peak in 2008 and later trekked several mountains across Europe, South America, North America and Africa.

She passed away while descending from the Himalayan summit on May 23 at a height of around 8,600 feet.

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In Dhenkanal