Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 9:
Veteran journalist Barendra Krushna Dhal passed away at his residence here this morning. He was 77.
Dhal took his last breath following a prolonged illness, sources said. The last rites of Dhal would be performed at Swarga Dwara in Puri tomorrow, family sources informed.
Several journalists, politicians and eminent personalities reached his residence to offer their last tributes to the departed soul.
Born on 25 March, 1941 in Cuttack district, Dhal started the Bhubaneswar Bookfair in 1984. A recipient of Sahitya Akademi award in 1993, Dhal had around 40 years of career as a journalist.
He also led the Lekhaka Samukhya, a literary movement in the remote areas of Odisha. He was the chairman of National Union of Journalist during 1990-93 and was associated with newspapers like Sambad, Swaraj, Aj Kal and Prajatantra.