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‘Father of Odissi mardal’ Guru Banamali Moharana breathed his last

/18:Bhubaneswar:17/11/18: Eminent percussionist Guru Banamali Moharana breathed his last at SUM Hospital here on Saturday. He was 77 and had been ailing since long.He was undergoing treatment at the hospital due to age-related ailments.

An Akademi awardee, Guru Banamali was honoured with the Upendra Bhanja Samman-2016. He was also honoured with the Odissi Nrutya Samman for 2015-16.Moharana was born  on 16.May,1941  in Raghurajpur village , in Puri district and began his career as a theatre artiste.He partnered with legendary Odissi maestro Kelucharan Mohapatra and his disciples, including Sanjukta Panigrahi, Sonal Mansingh and Madhavi Mudgal around the world.The mortal remains of the mardal guru will be brought to the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya from the hospital.

Revered as the ‘Father of Odissi mardal’, he gave earned recognition for the musical instrument across the globe and received several awards.

He founded the ‘Mardala Academy’, which has been organising ‘Tala Vadya Utsav’.











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