8 August 1934|
|Died||12 May 2014
|Education||Post graduation in Economics, Diploma in Paintings|
|Occupation||Actor, Director, Producer|
|Children||Two daughters and two sons|
Early life and background
Sarat Pujari was born on 8 August 1934 at Khandapada, Nayagarh district, Odisha. His early education was completed in many schools all over Odisha. He completed his post graduation in Economics and Diploma in Paintings in Allahabad University in 1956.
After completing his education he started his career as a block designer and Publicity agent. In 1959, He joined as a lecturer in Economics in Panchayat College, Bargarh which he quit in 1966. Then, He joined Tapang Light Foundery, Nayagarh as a Works Manager. For so many years he worked as the Principal of larambha College, Larambha
He started his career as an actor in the sixties. He left service and became a freelance film actor from September 1966 to September 1968 to learn the technique of Film-making. After that he was principal at the young age of 34 in Larambha College, Bargarh. Pujari was nominated by the State Govt. of Odisha as member of the Orissa Sangeeta Natak Academy, Member of the Board of Director of Film Development Corporation of Odisha, Cuttack. He retired as a principal of Sangeet Nataka college, Bhubaneswar.
Pujari became very interested in drama and other performing arts during his time as a student. At that time the Oriya film industry was not as developed as it is today, producing no more than one film each year. At that time he was offered a role in film Laxmi puja. After that there was no looking back. At one point Pujari was the star of the Oriya film industry. He has acted in about 40 films, as well as some television serials. He has also directed few Oriya films, including Tapoi and Ashanta graha.
The Government of Odisha conferred upon him the "Jayadev Award of 1985" for his significant contribution to Oriya Film Industry. He was also honored with first Hemant Das Kala Samman Award, Kadambini Samman Awards for 2010 & Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award for the year 2007. Now he occasionally acts in films and television soap operas. He also played a negative role in the International award winning movie called Bhukha in (1989).
Personal life and death
On 12 May 2014 he suffered a cardiac arrest at around 12:30 AM and died at his house in Bhubaneshwar. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons. His son Soumen Pujari is also an actor.
- Jiban Sathi (1963) - sarat
- Matira Manisha (1966) - Baraju
- Kaa (1966)
- Arundhati (1967) - Manoj
- Tapoi(1978) - Director
- Ashanta Graha (1982) SARAT - Director
- Astaraga (1982)- Director
- Andha Diganta (1988)
- Bhukha (1989)
- Drusti (1990)
- Aranya Rodan (1992)
- Aranyaka - Raja Saheb
- Shesha Drushti (1997) - Kedar Babu
- "Sarat Pujari honoured". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 4 July 2010.
- "Legendary Odia actor Sarat Pujari passes away". OdishaToday. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
- "Odia Film Actor Sarat Pujari passes away at 80". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
- cinemasagar.com: Actor Sarat Pujari Felicited by Cine Artist’s association
- odisha360.com: Veteran Odia Actor Sarat Pujari Felicitated
- incredibleorissa.com: Cine Artist Association Orissa awarded veteran actor Sarat Pujari at Utkal Mandap
- "The Hindu : Other States / Orissa News : Hemant Das remembered". hindu.com (Chennai, India). 31 May 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2013. "Hemant Das Kala Samman -- was conferred on legendary actor and Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi president Sarat Pujari" "Jayadev Award"