Veteran actor, Sala Budha fame Atal Bihari Panda no more

Veteran actor and ‘Sala Budha’ fame Atal Bihari Panda passed away while undergoing treatment at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) here in wee hours today. He was 92 years old.

Panda, who is known for his works in Sambalpuri films, was undergoing treatment at the hospital for septicemia. He breathed his last at around 3.45 AM today, informed his son Arun Panda.

The artiste has worked in over a hundred plays and written over 65 dramas, both in Odia and Koshali language. He has also worked as a playwright in six operas.

A native of Binka in Subarnapur district, Panda debuted in films at the age of 83 with ‘Sala Budha’. He won Odisha State Film awards back-to-back for his performance in ‘Sala Budha’ and its sequel ‘Aadim Vichar’ in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

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