Cuttack: Veteran Odia film actress Jharana Das passed away at her residence near Chandi Chhak here, late last night. She was 77. She was suffering from old age-related ailments. A pall of gloom descended on Ollywood fraternity after the demise of Das.
Born in 1945, Das started her acting career in the 60s and had won the hearts of moviegoers with her performance in films like ‘Shree Jagannath’, ‘Nari’, ‘Adinamegha’, ‘Hisabnikas’, ‘Pujafula’, ‘Amadabata’, ‘Abhinetri’, ‘Malajanha’ and ‘Heera Nella’.
She was awarded with the prestigious ‘Jayadev Puraskar’ by the State Government for her contribution to the Odia film industry.
Das had also worked as a child artist and announcer with the All India Radio (AIR), Cuttack. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik express grief over the death of the actress and announced that her last rites will be performed with full state honours.