Bhubaneswar: Legendary actress actress-director-producer Parbati Ghosh died in Bhubaneswar late on Sundaynight. She was 85.

The actress, who was ailing for some time last night, complained of uneasiness, following which she was rushed to a private hospital, here where she breathed her last.

The news of her demise has left a great void in the Odia film industry. Many well wishers, friends and other dignitaries visited her to pay their last respect.

Ghosh began her career a child actress with the movie Sri Jagannath in 1950 at the age of 16. In 1953, she came to mainstream acting by playing lead role against her future husband Gour Ghosh in Amari Gaan Jhua followed by Bhiai Bhai (1956), Maa (1959). Laxmi(1962),Kaa (1965), Stree (1968) and Sansara (1971).

Laxmi, Kaa and Stree won national awards as a best regional category. Before marrying her co-actor Gour Ghosh, Parbati Ghosh was known as Chapala Nayak in Odia films.

After illustrating her acting skill she turned to direct films. She directed the film Sansara (1973) with her husband.

She was a pioneer woman director in the country establish a name for her long before Sai Paranjpe, Kalpana Lajml and Aparna Sen.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the sad demise and announced State funeral for her.

“Deeply shocked at the passing away of veteran film personality Parvati Ghosh. She was an icon of women’s empowerment & one of the greatest gifts to Odia cinema. Her departure is a great loss to the film industry. My thoughts & prayers with the family. May her soul rest in peace,” said Patnaik.

Patnaik visited hospital and paid floral tributes to the iconic yesteryear actress.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also expressed condolence over the demise of the actress,

He paid his condolences to her family and prayed for the departed soul.

Pradhan said, “Saddened by the demise of actor-director-producer and national award winner Parbati Ghosh. Condolences to the bereaved family. May her soul rest in peace.”