He breathed his last in the hospital while undergoing treatment as he was suffering from prolonged illness, family sources said.
Rath was a well-known name both in the fiction and non-fiction world.
Born on October 17, 1929, in Malpada in Balangir district, he did his post-graduation in English from Canning College, University of Lucknow, and was conferred a D.Litt from the same University in 2008. Later, the Utkal University of Culture also honoured him with a D.Litt in 2012.
He authored many books, including Yantrarudha, Asurya Upanivesh and Nav Jatak, among scores of others.
He received a couple of Odisha Sahitya Academi Awards, the prestigious Sarala Award and the national Sahitya Akademi Award.
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