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Chandrabhanu No More

Veteran Journalist and a devout believer in Lord Jagannth Chandrabhanu Patnaik breathed his last on 9 May evening.

He was 60 and survived by wife Pushparani Devi and son Chitrabhanu Patnaik.

Chandrabhanu, popularly called Kabu, was suffering from prolonged illness due to dread cancer.
A Post Graduate in English Literature and a product of the erstwhile Ravenshaw College, Chandrabhanu had a aptitude for News and therefore joined Journalism in early 80s.

He started his Journalism career with Pragativadi and later rose to height of becoming the Editor of The Samaj, founded by Utkalmani Gopabandhu Dash.

Before joining Journalism, Chandrabanu, worked for a brief period as an English Lecturer at Ekamra College in the State Capital.

He then quit his job and returned to Journalism with The Sambad, where he rose to the posts of News Editor and Chief of News Bureau. 

Apart from founding an Odia Weekly Satabdi,  Chandrabhanu had also worked with as Editor The Samaya, The Samaja and STV, a News channel.Later he opted for Freelance Journalism and was contributing to all the leading News Papers of the State.

Known for his in-depth news reports, Chandrabhanu was was better known as a political analyst. He was among the senior most political Journalists of Odisha.

 

Chandrabhanu’s Journalism ability came to the fore when he covered the infamous Cuttack hooch Tragedy and followed by Behera Commission. His visionary writings used to give directions to Investigators and Policy Makers in the Odisha Administration.

Apart from his Journalism in Print Media, Chandrabanu had also excelled in Radio and Television channels.

 

During his young days, Chandrabanu used to make programs like Juba Vani in All India Radio, Cuttack and there he won hearts of millions of young boys and girls. Then radio was the main source of entertainment in absence of television channels.

When television came to existence in late 80s, Chandrabhanu also excelled in that medium.  His programmes like “Sidha Katha” and “Pratidwani” in ETV were popular as people used to wait for the 9 am on Sundays to see Chandrabhanu cross firing politicians through his programme in ETV.

 A native of Channagiri in Khurda district, Chandrabhanu was also a sports lover and aa ace organiser of public events. He was also socially connected with many organizations including Bapuji Nagar Club as Secretary, where he lived since birth.

 

Amidst his hectic scheduled as a Journalist, Chandrabhanu never forgets his devotion towards Lord Jagannath.  Visiting the 12th century Shrine at Puri was regular practice of Chandrabanu Patnaik. Chandrabanu’s love for Odia music, especially towards the songs of Akshya Mohanty, was evident when he organised a programme of Satabdi. 

Akshya Mohanty’s two musical hits like “Patent medicine” and “Kanchi Abhijan” were close to his heart. People close to him have often listened Chandrabhanu murmuring the Odia classical songs.

 “On his demise, Odisha lost a ‘Star Journalist’” said Former Minister Anaga Udaya Singh Deo, who reached his home to pay his last respect..

 

  “There will be a huge vacant place in Journallism after Chandrabhanu”, said Former Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, who condoled his family members. Large number of scribes reached Bapuji Nagar Residence to pay their last respect.

 

  Last rites will be held at Swargdwar, Puri on 10 May, said his only son Guddu.

 

 


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