Bhubaneswar: Sarala Award recipient & noted Odia writer, Manoj Kumar Panda, passed away at his residence in Bolangir town on Thursday.
Family sources informed that Panda complained of chest pain and was admitted in the district headquarters hospital where he breathed his last due to cardiac arrest. Panda was conferred Sarala Award for his collection of short stories ‘Maya Bagicha’ in 2015.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his condolence to Panda’s family.
ଶାରଳା ପୁରସ୍କାର ବିଜେତା ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ ସାହିତ୍ୟିକ ମନୋଜ ପଣ୍ଡାଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ସାହିତ୍ୟ ଜଗତରେ ସେ ଛାଡ଼ି ଯାଇଥିବା ସୃଜନସୃଷ୍ଟି ତାଙ୍କୁ ସର୍ବଦା ଅମର କରି ରଖିବ। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାର ବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି।
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) July 9, 2020