‘Gapa Hele Bi Sata’ director Nagen Ray passes away

Cuttack: Veteran Odia film director Nagen Ray passed away at his residence in Nua Bazaar here last night. He was 82.

A pall of gloom descended on the locality after the news of his spread. Ray’s admirers from various walks of life, including artistes made a beeline to his residence to pay last respects to the departed soul.

Ray had directed ‘Gapa Hele Bi Sata’, the first Odia colour film released in 1976, starring Harish Mohapatra and Banaja Mohanty. ‘Tapasya’, which was released in 1980, was Ray’s last film as director.