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Rashmi Ranjan

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.

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