17 June 2016 Current Affairs: Manimala Devi, veteran Odia actress, passed away on 16 June 2016 following a prolonged illness at Bhubaneswar, Odisha. She was 86.
Manimala ruled the Odia film industry in the 1960s as lead actress with her influential performances in various films.
Manimala Devi : Born on 19 June 1931 at Balibishi village of Kendrapara district, Manimala joined Annapurna Theatre at the tender age of eight. She began her career as a child artiste in Annapurna Group B and went on to perform in at least 100 plays.She acted in 28 Odia films of which 14 bagged the National Film Awards including her debut film Sri Loknath in 1960.
As a leading actress, she featured in films like Laxmi, Bhai Bhauja, Kaa, Malajanha, Abhinetri and Suryamukhi, which also bagged a number of awards. She also acted in Nirad Mohapatra’s Maya Miriga which bagged the Rashtrapati Award as the second best film in 1983. She was also selected as an accredited singer for Akashvani Kendra. She was conferred with the prestigious Jayadev Purashkar, the state’s highest cine award, in the year 2000.