Parbati Ghose, Odisha’s first female filmmaker, passes away

February 12, 2018 08:26 pm | Updated 08:26 pm IST

BHUBANESWAR: Parbati Ghose, Odisha’s first female filmmaker, passed away following a prolonged illness here on Sunday night. She was 85.

The veteran was rushed to the hospital around midnight when she complained of uneasiness. She was declared dead in the hospital.

Born in Cuttack district in 1933, Parbati started as a child artiste in All India Radio and soon moved to the silver screen, also as a child artiste, playing Nila Madhava in Shri Jagannath (1949). Four years later, in 1953, she got a big break as the female lead in Amari Gaan Jhua (Our Village Girl).

In 1956, when Goura Prasad Ghose produced Bhai Bhai , one of the biggest Odia hits, Parbati played the lead female protagonist. Her performance in the film gave her recognition as a leading actor in the industry. She turned to film direction after tasting phenomenal success in mainstream cinema. In 1973, she joined Ghose (by now her husband) to direct film Sansara . By the mid-1980s, she had already won three national awards.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who joined others in paying glowing tributes to the filmmaker, said, “I am deeply shocked at the passing away of veteran film personality Parbati Ghose. She was an icon and one of the greatest gifts to Odia cinema industry. She was an actor, director and producer at the same time.

“In early days of Odia cinema, she single-handedly uplifted it to a new level. She was really a symbol of women’s empowerment when an idea like empowerment was unheard of. Her departure is a great loss to our industry and the world of silver screen. She will always be remembered for her contribution to Odia cinema.”

Odisha government announced a state funeral for Parbati Ghose.

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