Legendary Odia Jatra star Mahendra Das aka Viku Seth, who passed away at the age of 55. He will always be remembered by every Odia for his memorable dialogues and performance in the play ‘Saguna Basichi Dena Melai’ and many others.
Mahendra Das was an acclaimed Jatra artist. The audience loved his character in ‘Saguna Basichi Dena Melai’ so much that eventually he got the moniker of Viku Seth and became a household name in the state. He was not only famous among the Jatra audience but also by Odia film audience.
The actor passed away after suffering a heart attack today at his Choudwar residence in Cuttack. He was rushed to SCB Medical College and Hospital from Choudwar to Cuttack after complaining acute chest pain but died on the way.
Some of his popular dialogues from the Jatra or play ‘Saguna Basichi Dena Melai’ includes ‘Na Taa Tahele Mina’, ‘Bhe’, ‘Bhala Nachila’, ‘Bhala Ku Bhala Kahiba Kana Kharap’.
The Jatra superstar has worked in Janata Gananatya, Kalinga Gananatya, Parbati Gananatya, and Dhauli Gananatya. He also acted in a couple of Odia films, but he could never emulate the huge success he had achieved on stage in Jollywood.
Jatra artists and lovers across the state paid tribute to Mahendra following his untimely demise.
Legendary Jatra Actor Mahendra Das Aka Viku Seth. pic.twitter.com/l4EgY9agaM
— Odialive (@OdiaLive) September 12, 2020
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, and several others have offered their condolences on the passing away of the great stage artist.
ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ ଯାତ୍ରା ଅଭିନେତା ମହେନ୍ଦ୍ର ଦାସଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ତାଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗ ଓଡ଼ିଆ ଯାତ୍ରା ଜଗତ ପାଇଁ ଏକ ଅପୂରଣୀୟ କ୍ଷତି। ନିଆରା ଯାତ୍ରା ପରିବେଷଣ ଶୈଳୀ ପାଇଁ ସେ ସର୍ବଦା ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ରହିବେ। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି।
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) September 12, 2020
ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ଯାତ୍ରା ଜଗତର ଲୋକପ୍ରିୟ କଳାକାର ମହେନ୍ଦ୍ର ଦାସଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗ ଖବର ଶୁଣି ମୁଁ ଅତ୍ୟନ୍ତ ଦୁଃଖିତ । ତାଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗରେ ଯାତ୍ରା ଜଗତରେ ଏକ ଅପୂରଣୀୟ ଶୂନ୍ୟସ୍ଥାନ ତିଆରି ହୋଇଛି । ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିବା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାର ବର୍ଗକୁ ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି ।
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) September 12, 2020
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