Eminent Odia Actor Minaketan Das Passes Away at 56

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Bhubaneswar: Eminent Odia Actor Minaketan Das passesd away Friday night at his residence in the city following prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56.

As the news of his death spread, tributes and condolence messages poured in from all quarters.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan and several eminent cultural personalities also posted messages on social networking sites condoling his demise.

Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Panda, actor-turned-politician Prashant Nanda and others paid floral tributes to the departed soul.

People from film fraternity, intellectuals, film lovers and fans rushed to his house to pay last respects.

The actor had received several state-level awards and accolades throughout his career.