Bhubaneswar:22/108/20: The Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi will confer ‘Sunanda Samman’ every year to personalities who excel in classical music. A decision in this regard was approved by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today.
The ‘Sunanda Samman’ comprises of Rs 2.5 lakh cash reward and a citation.
An official said the award conferred by the Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi to noted personalities in classical music every year has been renamed as ‘Sunanda Samman’.
The award has been instituted after eminent Indian Classical Singer Sunanda Patnaik, the official added.
Sunanda Patnaik (7 November 1934 – 19 January 2020) was an Indian classical singer of Gwalior Gharana from Odisha. Popularly known as “guruma”, she was considered one of the grande dames of Hindustani music. She was the daughter of Odia poet Baikunthanath Patnaik. She started singing at All India Radio in Cuttack in 1948 at the age of 14. The then Odisha Governor Asaf Ali once heard her on Radio and was very impressed with her singing and she became a regular fixture at the Raj Bhavan whenever the Governor had guests. Once, President with a scholarship. She was awarded the degree of Masters in Music by Pune School in 1956. She performed at All India Sadrang Sangeet Sammelan in Calcutta in September 1957 where she received 13 gold coins. Since then she did many concerts in India and was known internationally. She was best known for her Tarana that she sang at a high pace and was considered one of the best contemporary interpreters of Odissi music. She was staying in Kolkata since 1983. She received the Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1970 and 1971. She received an Indian lifetime achievement award in 2009 and a lifetime achievement award from The Orissa Society of the Americas (OSA) in 2012. She was the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi award (Tagore Akademi Puraskar) for the year 2012. The degree of doctor of literature was conferred on her by the Utkal University in 1999 and the degree of doctor of music was conferred by the Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal in 1975.