Shantanu Mohapatra, veteran Odia music director, passes away aged 84 in Bhuvaneshwar

Shantanu Mohapatra, who was the first Odia music composer to work with Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, and Md Rafi, was suffering from pneumonia and other age-related ailments

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Shantanu Mohapatra, veteran Odia music director, passes away aged 84 in Bhuvaneshwar

Prominent music director from Odisha, Shantanu Mohapatra passed away at a hospital in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday. The 84-year-old maestro was suffering from pneumonia and other age-related ailments.

Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik tweeted the news of his demise, writing that he is saddened to learn of the death of the eminent music director and that the impact he left on films through his unique musical composition and style will always be remembered. The CM also expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and wished them well.

Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal too tweeted about the legend's demise writing that the people of the state will forever remember him as the man who bound Odia cinema world with his music for forty years.

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan expressed his sorrow at the death of the prominent music director as well.

Check out the tweets here

According to a report by The New Indian Express, Shantanu was the first Odia music composer to work with legends like Lata Mangeshkar, Manna Dey, and Md Rafi and was also the first from the state to work in Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, and Telugu films.

The music maestro was a geophysicist and an IIT Kharagpur alumnus who began learning music from Sangeet Narayan Banchhanidhi Panda at the age of five. He is credited with composing the first modern Odia ballad Konark Gatha, which was sung by Akshay Mohanty.

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