Eminent educationist and litterateur Pathani Patnaik passed away in Cuttack, Odisha at age 89.
He had written over 50 books on different aspects of literature, including short stories and poems.
He is an ex principal of Christ College and had served as president of Odisha Sahitya Akademi.
He had received the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi Award in 2010 for his autobiography “Jeebanara Chalapatha”.
Utkal Sahitya Samaj, the oldest literary organisation of Odisha had felicitated Patnaik with its Lifetime Honorary membership in 2015.