Parbati Ghose, Odisha’s first female filmmaker, passed away following a prolonged illness here on Sunday night. She was 85.
The veteran film personality was rushed to a private hospital around midnight after she complained of uneasiness. She was declared dead at the hospital.
She was born in Cuttack district in 1933. Parbati started working as the child artist in All India Radio and soon transcended to the silver screen as a child artiste (Nila Madhava) in the movie ‘Shri Jagannath’ in 1949. Four years later, in 1953 she got a big break when offered the lead role in ‘Amari Gaan Jhua’ (Our Village Girl).
She turned to film direction after tasting phenomenal success in mainstream cinema.
In 1973, she joined her husband Goura Prasad Ghose to direct the film ‘Sansara’. She won three national awards by the mid-1980s.