Legendary Odia singer Prafulla Kar dies aged 83

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Legendary singer and musical director of Odia, Prafulla Kar, has died at his residence here due to age-related illnesses.

He was 83 years old and is survived by his wife Manorama, his sons Mahadip and Mahaprasad and his daughter Sandhyadeepa.

He complained of chest pains after having dinner on Sunday evening and died soon after at his home in Satya Nagar. His family members were present with him when he breathed his last. Kar’s funeral will be celebrated at Swarga Dwara Crematorium in Puri on Monday with full state honours.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and several other dignitaries offered their condolences on Kar’s death.

”Distressed over the passing of Shri Prafulla Kar Ji. He will be remembered for his pioneering contribution to the culture and music of Odia. He had a multi-faceted personality and his creativity was reflected in his works. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti,’ Modi tweeted.

Patnaik announced that Kar’s last rites would be performed with full state honors. He asked Education Minister SR Dash and Law Minister Pratap Jena to attend the funeral.

A large number of people from different walks of life rushed to pay their last respects to Kar. A veil of darkness has descended upon the cinematic brotherhood of Odia.

Born on February 16, 1939 in Puri, Kar was a prominent musician, singer, lyricist, writer and columnist. He was popular for his many songs including “Kamala Desha Rajakumara”.

He received the prestigious Padma Shri Award in 2015 and was honored with the Jayadeva Award in 2004. He had received the State Film Award eight times, six times in a row.

Kar had the distinction of being the musician who recorded Odia Bhagabat and Odia Chhanda, a rare collection of traditional Odia songs. ‘Prabhukrupa’, a devotional music album made by him, had recorded sales of over 10 lakh cassettes. His composition ‘Collection of Geet Govindam’ was also a great success.

Various established singers such as Usha Mangeshkar, Kavita Krishnamurty, Suresh Wadkar, Md. Aziz, Kishore Kumar, Amit Kumar, Vani Jairam, S Janaki, Chitra, Yesudas and SP Balasubramaniam have given voice to Odia’s music under his guidance.

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