Bhubaneswar: Renowned theater artiste, director and comedian Nityananda Das passed away at a private hospital in Puri last night. He was 83.
After his demise, Das’ mortal remains were taken to Arnapurna Theater in Cuttack, where several artists and intellectuals paid their last respect to the departed soul. His body was later taken to his birthplace at Balisahi in Cuttack. After that, his last rites were performed at Swargadwar in Puri.
Das, who has played instrumental roles in more than 150 stage plays and directed over 50 plays, was conferred with the Sangeet Natak Akademy award in 2006. Das is also known for his comic roles in several Odia movies, including Paradeshi Chadhei (1990) and Bapa (1997).
However, Das, who had also mastered Odishi, lost his right leg in a road accident in 2000.