One cannot help but be bowled over by her grace and strong opinion on a variety of subjects. She has acted in about 40 feature films in 10 languages that have won international accolades and critical acclaim world over. From shaving her head for Mira Nair’s Water to portraying a woman who fell in love for her sister-in-law in an era when same-sex relationships were totally unheard of in Fire and supporting numerous social campaigns, Odisha’s Nandita Das has carved a glorious niche for herself in the worlds of India cinema and social activism. It has been an incredible journey for renowned artist Jatin Das’s daughter from Odisha to New Delhi, Mumbai and beyond. Though she was born in Mumbai and lived a major part of her life in Delhi, Nandita spoke candidly about her month-long summer vacations in Baripada. “Me, my brother, cousins, uncles and aunts would gather in my paternal home. Fishing in the ponds, bathing in water drawn from wells, visits to Ratha Jatra and relishing the delectable Odia dishes are some of my most cherished memories of childhood,” she reminisced. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 12th. Jan,18


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