Eminent Odia filmmaker Nirad Mahapatra passed away on 19 February 2015 in Mumbai following a brief illness. He was 67.
As a film-maker, Mahapatra was best known for his cultural, ecological and industrial documentaries. He was an alumni of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.
Mahapatra gained international fame with his very first film Maya Miriga in 1984. The film was awarded Rajat Kamal at the National Film Awards. Later, it also won a special jury award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Mahapatra was lecturer at FTII from 1972-1974 and had taught acclaimed directors like Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Saeed Mirza and Ketan Mehta. He was also in the Board of Directors of FTII.
In 1974, he founded a Film Society called Cinexstasy at Bhubaneswar, Odisha which he ran till 1983. He made several exceptional documentaries and won many awards. Some of his famous documentaries are Pata Painting (1986), Aparajita (1991), A Ray of Hope (1996), Chilika- A Fragile Eco-System (2001), etc.
Nirad Mahapatra was born on born 12 November 1947 in Bhadrak, Balasore district of Odisha.