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Legendary music composer, singer, writer and lyricist Prafulla Kar passed away

Bhubaneswar:17/4/22:An acclaimed musician from Odisha, Prafulla Kar left for his heavenly abode late on Sunday night. He was 83. Kar breathed his last at his residence in Satyanagar of Bhubaneswar. He was suffering from old-age-related health ailments for quite some time, last rites will be performed at Puri Swarga Dwara on Monday (tomorrow), his family sources said.

.Born in 1939, Kar was a master musician, singer, lyricist, writer all-in-one, and indeed a great virtuoso. He had weaved magic with his magical tone and mystical creation in music during his decades-long illustrious career.

Considered a pioneer in giving a new identity to Odia music industry, Kar is credited to have given voice to around 70 hit Odia films and creating numerous musical productions.

He was felicitated with India’s fourth-highest civilian award, the Padma Shri in 2015 for his invaluable contribution to the field of art and music.

Kar was also a recipient of the prestigious Jaydev Award in 2004, Odisha’s top award given to a personality for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Odia cinema.

Condolences poured from all sections of society pay tributes to the music legend whose demise has left an unfillable void yet promises an ever-lasting legacy in Odia music.

Be it ‘Kalia mo dehe boli de to deha kala‘ sung by famous singer Anuradha Poudwal or Chitta Jena’s ‘Mo Priya tharu kie‘, Kar’s magnificent musical creations will continue to captivate millions of music lovers for generations.

Kar boasts the rare distinction of being awarded Best Music Director in Odisha State Film Awards a record eight times.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed urban and law minister Pratap Jena and school and mass education minister Sameer Dash to attend the funeral of the musician.

In a condolence message, Chief Minister Shri Patnaik described the late Kar as a successful artist. As a lyricist and music director, he has set many glorious records. His demise marks the end of an era in the world of Odia music. The Chief Minister said that his unique musical style and direction will always immortalize him in the hearts of the people. The Chief Minister has announced that the funeral of the late Kar will be held with state honors.The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has expressed deep grief over the demise of eminent Odia musician and singer Prafulla Kar.Shri Modi has said that Prafulla Kar Ji will be remembered for his pioneering contribution to Odia culture and music.The Prime Minister tweeted;”Anguished by the passing away of Shri Prafulla Kar Ji. He will be remembered for his pioneering contribution to Odia culture and music. He was blessed with a multifaceted personality and his creativity was reflected in his works. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.

 

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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