Cuttack:7/4/19: Renowned music director Basudev Rath breathed his last at SCB Medical College and Hospital here Sunday evening. He was 68. The veteran musician was suffering from protracted illness for the past one month and was hospitalised, family sources said. Rath’s contribution to Odia film industry was unmatched. Some of the super-hit songs such as Kali dekhili gori dekhili, Maa tume jagatara saha bharasa and Jhumka tike tu ta halei de were composed by him. Odia cine industry has expressed deep condolences on the demise of the veteran music composer.
The golden period of Odia film industry too had its share of master music directors, though their number could be counted on the fingers. Basudev Rath is one name that stands out among them like a jewel. Some of the evergreen songs of Odia cinema such as ‘Maa Tume Jagatara Saha Bharasa’, ‘Majhire’, ‘Jhumka Tike Tu Ta Halei De’, ‘Kali Dekhili Gori Dekhili’, ‘Jahaku Mu Ete Bhala Pauchi’, ‘Chanda Na Tume Tara’, ‘Emiti Rati’ that captivated generations of music lovers were composed by this 66-year-old and stand testimony to his creative genius.
In his career span, Rath composed music for about 12,000 songs that included 50 Odia films, 300 album songs and 83 ‘gitinatya’ or musicals based on mythology. Not only Odia, he also worked for eight Bengali movies and did the background score for a Hindi movie ‘Kharabela.’ He last composed for ‘Tume Hin Sathi Mora’ which was released in 2015.
Rath also worked with Bollywood legends like Manna Dey, Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor apart from Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota and noted playback singer Anuradha Paudwal.