‘Sala Budha’ Fame Veteran Actor Atal Bihari Panda Passes Away

Bhubaneswar: Veteran Sambalpuri film actor and scriptwriter Atal Bihari Panda passed away while undergoing treatment at Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) in Burla on Saturday.

Reportedly, the health condition of Panda had deteriorated after the death of his wife last month. He was undergoing treatment at the hospital for septicemia. He breathed his last at around 3.45 AM today. He was 92.

Panda, who hails from Binika village in Sonepur district of Odisha, is known for his roles in ‘Sala Budha’ and ‘Aadim Vichar’. He had bagged the ‘Best Actor Award’ for the film ‘Sala Budha’ at the 25th State Film Awards and ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Dialogue Writer’ for ‘Aadim Vichar’ at the 26th State Film Awards.

He began his acting journey with the film ‘Sala Budha’ at the age of 83. Prior to it, he was written over 60 dramas, both in Odia and Koshali language. He had been conferred with honorary D Litt degree during the 30th convocation of Sambalpur University.