Remembering Legendary Jatra Actor Mahendra Das Aka Viku Seth
Bhubaneswar: Legendry Jatra actor Mahendra Das aka Viku Seth, who passed away at an early age of 55, will always be remembered for his memorable dialogues and performance in the play ‘Saguna Basichi Dena Melai’ and many others.
He was an acclaimed jatra artist. People loved his character in ‘Saguna Basichi Dena Melai’ so much that eventually he got the moniker of Viku Seth and became a household name in the state.
The eminent artist passed away after suffering a heart attack today at his Choudwar residence in Cuttack. He was rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital from Choudwar to Cuttack after complaining acute chest pain but died on the way.
Some of his popular dialogues in the play ‘Saguna Basichi Dena Melai’ was- ‘Na Taa Tahele Mina’, ‘Bhe’, ‘Bhala Nachila’, ‘Bhala Ku Bhala Kahiba Kana Kharap’.
After a long stint in Janata Gananatya, he switched over allegiance to Kalinga Gananatya, Parbati Gananatya and later, Dhauli Gananatya. He also acted in couple of Odia films, but he could never emulate his huge success he had achieved on stage in Jollywood.
Jatra artists and lovers across the state payed tribute to Mahendra following his untimely demise. “It is a great loss to the state jatra fraternity. He was immensely popular for his negative roles and dialogue delivery. The legendary actor was also very cordial with his co-artists. Jatra lovers will always miss him,” said the late Mahendra Das’ close friend and co-artist, Loknath Lenka.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP national vice-president Baijayant Jay Panda and several others have offered their condolences on the passing away of the great stage artist.
ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ ଯାତ୍ରା ଅଭିନେତା ମହେନ୍ଦ୍ର ଦାସଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ତାଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଯାତ୍ରା ଜଗତ ପାଇଁ ଏକ ଅପୂରଣୀୟ କ୍ଷତି। ନିଆରା ଯାତ୍ରା ପରିବେଷଣ ଶୈଳୀ ପାଇଁ ସେ ସର୍ବଦା ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ରହିବେ। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି।
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) September 12, 2020
ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ଯାତ୍ରା ଜଗତର ଲୋକପ୍ରିୟ କଳାକାର ମହେନ୍ଦ୍ର ଦାସଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗ ଖବର ଶୁଣି ମୁଁ ଅତ୍ୟନ୍ତ ଦୁଃଖିତ । ତାଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗରେ ଯାତ୍ରା ଜଗତରେ ଏକ ଅପୂରଣୀୟ ଶୂନ୍ୟସ୍ଥାନ ତିଆରି ହୋଇଛି । ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିବା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାର ବର୍ଗକୁ ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି ।
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) September 12, 2020
ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ ଯାତ୍ରା କଳାକାର ମହେନ୍ଦ୍ର ଦାସଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗ ଖବର ଶୁଣି @PandaJay ଗଭୀର ଦୁଃଖପ୍ରକାଶ କରିଛନ୍ତି। ତାଙ୍କର ନିଖୁଣ ଅଭିନୟ ପାଇଁ ସେ ବହୁ ଲୋକପ୍ରିୟତା ଅର୍ଜନ କରିଥିଲେ ଓ ଆଜିବି ସେ ଯାତ୍ରାପ୍ରେମୀଙ୍କ ମନରେ ରହିଛନ୍ତି। ଶ୍ରୀ ପଣ୍ଡା ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରି ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାରକୁ ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଇଛନ୍ତି। ଓଁ ଶାନ୍ତି 🙏🙏
— Baijayant Panda Odia (@Panda_Odia) September 12, 2020