Odia music maestro Shantanu Mohapatra passed away on Wednesday. Mohapatra, aged 84 was suffering from various ailments and succumbed to pneumonia and cardiac failure on Tuesday night.
Mohapatra was a revolutionary artist with a career that spanned over for around 60 years. He is famous for his composition. ‘Konark Gatha’ which was the first Modern Odia ballad.
Mohapatra, an IIT-Kharagpur alumnus was also a geophysicist and had worked with Odisha Mining Corporation.
Odisha’s Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik expressed his condolence on Mohapatra’s demise. He said, “As a lyricist and music director, he has left the shining signature of his talent. His entire life was dedicated to music. The music directed by him will keep him immortal forever.”
The last rites of the legendary composer will be performed with full state honour.