Veteran cinematographer Ashok Swain passes away


Cuttack: Veteran cinematographer Ashok Kumar Swain breathed his last today at his residence in Cuttack. He was 72. He is survived by one son, two daughters and wife Chhanda Swain.

Known as Babuli bhai in the fraternity, Swain was awarded Jayadev Award for his lifetime achievement in the field of Odia cinema.

With over 40 years of experience Swain has worked with a variety of cameras starting from Black and White to Eastman colour and from Anamorphic to Cinemascope like Mitchell, ARRI, Bolex, Panavision and various types of digital cameras.

Born in Cuttack city on January 10 in 1948 was a lovable man in the film industry for his simple nature and humble attitude.

After obtaining a Diploma degree in cinematography from S.J. Polytechnic, Bangalore, in 1969 he started working in various studios like AVM studios in Chennai, RK studios in Mumbai and has worked in various films. He then went onto work at Mysore as an assistant cameraman for about a year and half.  In 1973 he joined “Doordarshan” as a cameraman.

In the start of his career he even worked as an assistant cameraman for an INDO-RUSSIAN children film “THE BLACK MOUNTAIN” with Russian Director Alexander Zagurdi and Indian Maker M.S. Satayu in the year 1970, shot at the Karapur forest in Karnataka.

While being in job, he took leaves without a pay and cinematographed for his first film in B/W “SAMAR SALIM SAIMON” in the year 1977, later released in 1979.

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