Bhubaneswar: Noted lyricist and screenwriter of Odisha, Bijay Mishra passed away at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. He was 83.
A pioneer of modern theatre movement and playwright in Odia Film industry, Mishra was recipient of many accolades in the state as well as national level.
He won the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi award for his play Vanaprastha in the genre of drama. He also won Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award and other state-level awards. He received the prestigious Jayadev Award for his lifetime contribution to Odia film industry during the 30th Odisha State Film Awards last year.
Mishra began playwright from 1960 and his first play “Janani” was staged in Annapurna Theatre, Cuttack. He was honoured with the Think Foundation CSR Lifetime Achievement Award.
His play Tata Niranjana has been translated in Hindi, Nepali, Kannada and in several other Indian languages which won him a national award from All India Radio.
About 50 Odia films to his credit, Mishra was the screenplay writer of Tarang’s popular mythological serial “Sri Jagannath’.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and several other noted personalities expressed grief over the passing away of the veteran dramatist.
"Late Sri Mishra was a leading dramatist of contemporary times. His contribution to Odia literature & film industry is immense. Chief Minister conveys his deep sympathy to the bereaved family." read a statement issued by the Odisha CMO.
ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ ନାଟ୍ୟକାର ତଥା ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶକ ବିଜୟ ମିଶ୍ରଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ଓଡ଼ିଆ ସାହିତ୍ୟ ଏବଂ ଚଳଚ୍ଚିତ୍ର ଜଗତ ପ୍ରତି ତାଙ୍କ ଅତୁଳନୀୟ ଅବଦାନ ସର୍ବଦା ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ରହିବ। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିବା ସହ ଏପରି ଦୁଃଖଦ ସମୟରେ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି।
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) April 26, 2020
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan condoled the death of Mishra and said his contribution to the field of Odia literature and theatre is incomparable.
ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ଲୋକପ୍ରିୟ ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ ନାଟ୍ୟକାର ବିଜୟ ମିଶ୍ରଙ୍କ ଦେହାବସାନ ଖବର ଶୁଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ । ଓଡ଼ିଆ ସାହିତ୍ୟ ଓ ନାଟ୍ୟ ଜଗତ ପାଇଁ ତାଙ୍କର ଅବଦାନ ଅତୁଳନୀୟ । ତାଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ନାଟ୍ୟ ଜଗତରେ ଏକ ଅପୁରଣୀୟ କ୍ଷତି ହୋଇଛି। ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିବା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି ।
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) April 26, 2020
BJP National Vice President Jay Panda also mourned the demise of Mishra and conveyed his deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
“Passing away of Mishra is an irreparable loss to Odia literary fraternity & film industry,” Panda said.
BJP National Vice President Jay Panda expresses grief over demise of illustrious dramatist-playwright Bijay Mishra & conveys his deep sympathy to the bereaved family.
— OTV (@otvnews) April 26, 2020
In his condolence message, Union Minister Pratap Sarangi said Mishra, who hailed from his constituency, had deep affection towards him.
I deeply mourn the sad demise of Shri Bijay Mishra, a great dramatist, lyricist and film director of Odisha. He belongs to my constituency and made all of us proud. He had deep affection towards me and I had the good fortune of inaugurating one of his dramas, a few months back.
— Pratap Sarangi (@pcsarangi) April 26, 2020
Creative Head of OTV Network- Ranjan Satpathy said, “I am deeply saddened by the shocking news of the demise of Bijay Mishra. He had written ‘Tash Ra Ghara’ which was my first project in my career as a producer. We can say he was the father of Odia screenplay.”