Noted Culture Specialist Rajat Kumar Kar dies

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s noted Culture Specialist Padma Shri recipient commentator Dr. Rajat Kumar Kar died this evening. He passed away while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar.

While conforming about Rajat Kumar Kar’s death to Kalinga TV, his grandson Anshuman Kumar Kar said, “He (Dr. Rajat Kumar Kar) was fine till noon and went to take rest after having his lunch. However, he complained uneasiness soon after getting up from the bed, following which we admitted him at the hospital. Unfortunately, he breathed his last at around 6 PM while undergoing treatment.”

He further said that the late Padma Shri has prolonged heart disease and was under medication.

Dr. Kar holds a rare record of being the longest and oldest active commentator of the World Famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath on both TV and Radio for the last 62 years.

Dr. Rajat Kumar Kar got Padma Shri for Literature and Education. He had received the fourth-highest civilian award of the country from President Ram Nath Kovind in 2021. He has immensely contributed to the revival of the dying art of Pala of Odisha.

The Padma Shri recipient commentator was born on October 2, 1934 in Mahanga of Cuttack district. He has written more than 6 non-fiction books and several books based on Lord Jagannath.

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