Bhubaneswar: Eminent Odia film director and lyricist Sarada Prassana Nayak passed away while undergoing treatment at a private hospital here on Wednesday. He was 94.
Nayak, who started his film career as an assistant director in the film Bhakta Jayadev in 1956, was honoured with the coveted Jayadev Award in 2013 for his contribution to the Odia film industry.
The veteran director also received Presidential award for his film Laxmi. Nayak carved a special place for himself in the Odia film industry through hits like Laxmi, Kaa, Stree, Sansara and others.
Union Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP national Vice President Baijayant Panda condoled the demise of Nayak.
ବର୍ଷିୟାନ ଚଳଚ୍ଚିତ୍ର ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶକ ଓ ଗୀତିକାର ଶାରଦା ପ୍ରସନ୍ନ ନାୟକଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗରେ ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ ଓ ମର୍ମାହତ। ଓଡ଼ିଆ ସିନେ ଜଗତ ଜଣେ ଶ୍ରେଷ୍ଠ ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶକଙ୍କୁ ହରାଇଲା । ତାଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗରେ ଓଡ଼ିଶା ଚଳଚ୍ଚିତ୍ର ଜଗତରେ ଏକ ଅପୂରଣୀୟ କ୍ଷତି । ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିବା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାର ବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି ।
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) September 9, 2020
.@PandaJay expresses grief and sorrow on the demise of veteran film maker & lyricist, Shri Sarada Prasanna Nayak.
He will always be remembered for his outstanding work in evergreen movies like 'Laxmi', 'Kaa' & 'Stree'.
Deepest condolences to the bereaved family.
Om Shanti 🙏🙏 pic.twitter.com/x9CHTpkYcP
— Office of Jay Panda (@mp_office) September 9, 2020