Bhubaneswar: Former Additional Director General (ADG) of Prasar Bharati Abhaya Kumar Padhi breathed his last on Monday. He had tested positive for COVID-19.
After testing positive, he was under treatment at Vikas Hospital, Bargarh for about a week. He was on a ventilator in the ICU before he passed away today.
Padhi was also a former visiting faculty member at IIMC, Dhenkanal and has been associated with the institution since its initiation in 1993.
Born on September 16, 1949, he did his Schooling in Patnaikpada Town High School. Abhaya Kumar Padhi finished his post-graduation in English from Sambalpur University.
For a brief period, he taught English in Panchayat College, Bargarh and then cleared the PSC and was selected for Prasar Bharati. As an Indian Information Service personnel, Padhi joined in AIR as Transmission Executive. He served All India Radio and Doordarshan in various capacities in different places across India including like Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram. He finally retired as ADG of Prasar Bharati.
His former colleagues fondly remember him for his acumen and knowledge. Being from Sambalpur, he had a deep love for Sambalpuri, apart from his acumen in English literature and language.
Apart from his hectic job, Padhi was actively associated with literary and social reform activities. His voice over the radio serial – “Tike Sununta” – a reforming satire was very popular amongst the people of Western Orissa. ‘Gula Gupa’, another one of his essay collections was broadcasted by All India Radio which was both educative and reforming in nature.
A poet, a lyricist, an essayist and an eloquent speaker- is how Abhaya Padhi is remembered by his loved ones. He was always said to be at the forefront for improvement of lifestyle of the local people and the environment conservation.
Several 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 in many Indian languages. Padhi had co-authored ‘Sambalpuri – Koshali Language, A Profile’ which is considered an authentic reference to the grammar, phrases and usage of the rich language of Western Orissa.
He is survived by his wife Basanti Mohanty, son Biswarup Padhi and daughter Dr Neha Padhi.