Gita Mehta, an eminent author and sister of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik died at the age of 80. Apart from being an author was a renowned documentary filmmaker, and journalist as well.
Gita was the elder sister of CM Naveen Patnaik and as per sources she was very close to her brother. She has penned books including ‘Karma Cola’, ‘Snake and Ladders’, ‘A River Sutra’, ‘Raj’ and ‘The Eternal Ganesha’.
Gita Mehta Cause of Death
Gita Mehta died on September 16 due to age ailments. She was survived by her son.
Several big leaders and politicians have mourned her death and one of them is Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM Modi took to Twitter (X) and shared “I am saddened by the passing away of noted writer Smt. Gita Mehta Ji. She was a multifaceted personality, known for her intellect and passion for writing as well as filmmaking. She was also passionate about nature and water conservation. My thoughts are with @Naveen_Odisha Ji and the entire family in this hour of grief. Om Shanti.”
I am saddened by the passing away of noted writer Smt. Gita Mehta Ji. She was a multifaceted personality, known for her intellect and passion towards writing as well as film making. She was also passionate about nature and water conservation. My thoughts are with @Naveen_Odisha…— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 16, 2023
About Gita Mehta
Biju and Gyan Patnaik welcomed her into the world in Delhi in 1943. Her younger brother, Naveen Patnaik, is the chief minister of Gita, and her father, Bihu Patnaik, was a well-known figure in the Biju Janata Dal. She received her education in India as well as at Cambridge University in the UK.
For US, UK, and European networks, she has produced and directed at least 14 television documentaries. She worked as a television reporter for the NBC television network in the US.
Gita Mehta Husband & Kids
Gita Mehta was married to Sonny Mehta, the editor-in-chief of Alfred A. Knopf and chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Gita and Sonny together had a son and there’s not much information available regarding him.
Gita’s husband, Sonny, was born on November 9, 1942, to Amrik Singh Mehta. Sonny’s father, Amrik Singh Mehta, was an officer in the Royal Indian Air Force and among the first of independent India’s diplomats.
Mehta won Lifetime Achievement Awards for publishing in India, the UK, and the United States. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Bard College in 2008. He was in the Hall of Fame on Vanity Fair‘s Best-Dressed Men in the World list.
After all these achievements Sonny Mehta died in 2019 due to complications from pneumonia.
Gita Mehta FAQs
A. Gita Mehta died on September 16 due to age ailments.
A. Gita Mehta was 80 years old.
A. Gita Mehta was married to Sonny Mehta, the editor-in-chief of Alfred A. Knopf and chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
A. Gita Mehta was Naveen Patnaik’s elder sister.