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Legendary Odia Film Director Manmohan Mahapatra Passes Away At 69

13 January 2020


Bhubaneswar: National award-winning film director Manmohan Mahapatra passed away on Monday. Mahapatra was 69, and breathed his last at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar.

Mahapatra won eight consecutive national film awards for his films Nishita Swapna, Majhi Pahacha, Klanta Aparanha, Neeraba Jhada, Seeta Raati and Bhinna Samaya. Mahapatra’s first film ‘Seeta Raati’ (1976) was the first Odia film to be screened at International film festival in 1982.

In December 2019, Mohapatra was adjudged best director for the film ‘Bhija Matira Swarga’ at the State Films Awards. Mahapatra has at least 12 films to his credit. He also made a Hindi language movie titling ‘Bits and Pieces’ that stars Nandita Das, Rahul Bose, and Dia Mirza.

Mahapatra joined the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. After completion of studies at FTII, he came up with his debut feature film, “Seeta Raati” in 1976.

'Seeta Raati' won ‘Rajat Kamal’ in the National Film Awards in 1982. It was also the first Odia film to be selected for the prestigious ‘Indian Panorama’ section of the International Film Festival of India, New Delhi.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled the death of Mahapatra. Naveen wrote on Twitter, "I am saddened over the demise of National Award winning noted film producer - director Manamohan Mahapatra. He will be remembered as director of several popular films. I pray for the departed soul to rest in peace and extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family."