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Monday, May 9, 2022

Odisha loses a notable son of the soil

 Odisha’s noted Culture Specialist Padma Shri recipient -  Dr. Rajat Kumar Kar died on 8.5.2022 evening. He passed away while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar.

Dr. Kar holds the unique  record of being the longest and oldest active commentator of the World Famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath on both TV and Radio for the last 62 years. Dr. Rajat Kumar Kar was conferred  Padma Shri for Literature and Education. He had received the fourth-highest civilian award of the country from President Ram Nath Kovind in 2021. He has immensely contributed to the revival of the dying art of Pala of Odisha.
The Padma Shri recipient commentator was born on October 2, 1934 in Mahanga of Cuttack district. He has written more than 6 non-fiction books and several books based on Lord Jagannath.

Our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji tweeted - Dr. Rajat Kumar Kar was a doyen of the cultural world. His multifaceted persona was seen in the manner in which he chronicled the Rath Yatra, wrote on diverse topics and worked to revive Pala art. Saddened by his passing away. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.
Also, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the demise of the eminent scholar. In his condolence message, the Chief Minister said, "Late Kar has enriched Odia literature in various ways, he will always be remembered for his astounding contribution in promotion Odia culture and traditions, especially Jagannath Culture, today Odisha lost a proud son."
Respectful homage to him
With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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