Puri: Veteran theatre artiste and director Ramchandra Pratihari passed away in Puri on Sunday following a prolonged illness. He was 87.
Pratihari has been felicitated with several awards for his contribution to theatre and Odia cinema. He has also groomed several artistes during his long career.
Pratihari, who had been conferred Jayadev Award for the year 2007 and the Odisha State Film Award for Best Actor for the movie Neela Madhab in 1979, had been bedridden due to health complications.
The state government has provided a financial assistance of Rs 1 lakh to the veteran theatre artiste who struggled to arrange money for his treatment. He was a senior servitor of the Lord Jagannath Temple.