Cuttack:14/4/19:Eminent Odia singer and music director Rakhal Chandra Mohanty breathed his last at his residence in Badambadi area of Cuttack on Sunday. He was 88 and suffering from various age related ailments since long.Mr.Mohanty had started his career as a music teacher and later joined the All India Radio in 1974 as music composer. He had been the vocalist for Odissi dancers like Sanjukta Panigrahi, Sonal Mansingh and Madhavi Mudgal.He has reportedly worked for five Odia films but all his songs earned him a good name. He has been awarded with the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award, Nitai Palit Award and Sangeet Sudhakar Balakrishna Das Memorial Award for his lifetime contribution to Odia film and music.
Rakhal Chandra Mohanty was born in 1932 at Tatana in the district of Kendrapara.After matriculating in 1948 he went on to pursue a career in musical studies and earned the highest degree of Masters in Music (Vocal) from Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal in 1973.
He charted his professional career there after by starting as a music teacher in Odissi Vocal from 1955 to 1973 in Indian College of Music and Dance of Kala Vikash Kendra at Cuttack and climbed the ladder of success to become a top grade music composer of AIR and Doordarshan. His wide ranging composition in both light as well as classical music spearheaded him to the top as an eminent music director for film and the higly popular audio cassette industry.
Rakhal Chandra Mohanty has been extremely fortunate to be associated with the who’s who of the Orissa’s music monarchs like Late Sangeet Sudhakar Balakrishna Das.,Late Pandit Bhubaneswar Mishra,Late Guru Khitish Chandra Maitre and many more. His association with Late Guru Kelu Charan Mohapatra added a new dimension in understanding the music composition for dance recitals and he excelled as one of the accompanying vocalists for top graded dancers of the yester years.
Under his belt he carried a series of significant composition and awards. While the compositions were mainly for historical and mythological ballets his crowning glory were consisting of the Gan Pradhan Award (1991),Jivanara Swaralipi(1992),Karuna Kendra (1993) and Santira Pathe (1994) all in a row from AIR Cuttack.He had directed music at Cuttack Kala Vikash Kendra, AIR and Doordarshan. Later, he became a part of the Odia film industry.
Akshi Trutiya’, ‘Trinath Mela’, ‘Srikrushna Raas Leela’, ‘Amar Prem’ and ‘Ghara Sansara’ are some of the popular films for which Rakhal had directed music. He was awarded by various organisations for his contribution to the field of music.
A pall of gloom descended in music fraternity and Odia film industry after the news of Rakhal’s death spread.
The distinguishing awards Rakhal Chandra Mohanty was conferred are Geet Govinda Samman from Nikhil Utkal Sangeet Silpi Parisad (1977), Indian School of Dance, Music & Theatre, Canada (1977),Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (2002) and many more.He has widely traveled within the country and overseas. His important tour abroad include Germany, USA,Canada,UK,France,USSR,Yugoslavia and Bulgaria.