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Bhubaneswar, Feb 9: Renowned Oriya novelist and short story writer Chandrasekhar Rath died after protracted illness at a private hospital here Friday. He was 89. Rath had been nominated to receive Padma Shri award for 2018.
A native of Malpada in Bolangir district, he did his postgraduation in English from Canning College, University of Lucknow, and was conferred a D Litt from Utkal University of Culture in 2012. He had authored several novels such as ‘Yantrarudha’, ‘Asurya Upanivesh’ and ‘Nav Jatak’. He had authored short story anthologies such as ‘Samrat O Anyamane’, ‘Aswarohira Galpa’, ‘Aneka Banyapare’, ‘Bikripain Phulamala’ and many books on literature and criticism. He was presented the Orissa Sahitya Akademi award for literature in 1977 and 1978 for essays and fiction respectively, Sahitya Bharati Award in 2011 and Atibadi Jagannath Samman in 2010. People from various walks of life paid their last respects to his mortal remains at his residence.
Governor SC Jamir and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed their grief over Rath’s demise and conveyed their deep condolences to the bereaved family.
“All of us are grieved by the sad demise of the eminent litterateur. He will be remembered by his fans and admirers,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.