Noted Odia singer, musician Prafulla Kar passes away at 83

Kar’s songs enriched more than 70 Odia films over six decades.

Kar’s songs enriched more than 70 Odia films over six decades.

Popular Odia singer and music director Prafulla Kar passed away on Sunday from respiratory problems.

He was 83 and leaves a wife and two sons. Kar’s songs enriched more than 70 Odia films over six decades.

Kar was born on February 16, 1939 in Puri and was introduced to the world of music at an early age. His elder brother Khetramohan Kar was an accomplished tabla player and therefore musicians and singers often came to his house. Since childhood, he was attracted to music and singing.

After completing his education at SCS College, Puri and Utkal University, he started learning from legendary musicians and gurus such as Markendiya Mohapatra, K. Aditya Narayan and JVS Rao.

At the age of 21, he got a contract to sing in Akashvani. Kar created his own aura in the field of music and playback singing. and his songs have become immortal among Odia music followers. For six decades, the prominent singer captivated generations of Odias.

He started his career as a singer in 1962 with Odia film Shri Shri Patita Pabana† In 1975 he became a music composer in the movie Mamata which immediately turned out to be a bull’s eye. Some of the movies that would forever carry the legacy of his melodic music are: Batighara, Shesha Shrabana, Sindura Bindu, Bandhu Mahanti, Balidaan and Ram Balaram

He received the State Film Prize six times for a record. In 2015, he was awarded the Padma Shri Prize in the field of art.

Sad, says CM Naveen Patnaik

“I am saddened that the famous musician Prafulla Kar has passed away. His passing marked the end of an era in the world of Odia music. I extend my deepest condolences to the bereaved families,” Prime Minister Naveen Patnaik said in his message of condolence.

Shocked says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to pay his tribute: “I am shocked to hear of the passing of Prafulla Kar. His contribution to Odia’s music and culture will make him unforgettable. He was an extraordinary talent and creativity is often reflected in his works. I extend my condolences to his relatives.”

The government of Odisha announced that his funeral would take place with full honors from the state. Two ministers were to attend the last rites in Puri.

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