Noted playwright, dramatist, scriptwriter and film director Bijay Mishra of Odisha passed away at the age of 83 due to age-related ailments in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He was born at Santaragadia village in Balasore district, Odisha on July 16, 1936.Key Points:
i.About Bijay Mishra: Mishra began playwright from 1960 and his first play ‘Janani’ was staged in Annapurna Theatre, Cuttack, Odisha. He was also a mainstream script writer in Odia Cinema & TV Industry.
ii.He had written the script of the famous Odia film Jajabara (1975). It was his first film as a writer. He had also directed a film titled ‘Trimurty’ along with Akhyaya Mohanty and Hemanta Das.
iii.Mishra had written more than 60 dramas, 55 film scripts and 7 TV (Television) serials. Some of his literary works have been translated to other regional languages.
iv.Awards: Mishra was recipient of many awards at the State as well as national level. He won the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi award in 2013 for his play ‘Vanaprastha’.
v.Besides, he won Odisha Sahitya Akademi and other State-level awards.
vi.He also received the prestigious ‘Jayadev Award’ for his lifetime contribution to Odia film industry at the 30th Odisha State Film Awards 2019.
vii.His widely acclaimed play ‘Tata Niranjana’ has been translated in Hindi, Nepali, Kannada and in several other Indian languages which won him a national award from All India Radio (AIR).
Chief Minister (CM)– Naveen Patnaik.
Governor– Ganeshi Lal.