Sala Budha fame Atal Bihari Panda no more


Bhubaneswar: 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) in Burla on Saturday. He was 92.

He breathed his last at around 3.45 AM today, informed a family member.

Panda 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.

A native of Binika in Subarnapur district, he has worked in over a hundred plays and written over 65 dramas, both in Odia and Koshali language.