Rout, popularly called as ‘Jaga Mausa’, had tested positive for the virus recently and was admitted to a COVID hospital in the city. However, he breathed his last this afternoon.
The veteran artist, who was best known for his satirical acting, has been associated with Odia Jatra industry for over five decades.
He was part of several hit Jatras such as Rajadhani Tate Duru Juhar, Nakahile Kula Bhasi Jauchi, Kagaj Phula, Bohu Anithili Besyapadaru etc.
Several Jatra artists expressed their shock and condolences over Rout’s sudden demise.