Odia singer Prafulla Kar dies at 83, PM Modi pays tribute

New Delhi: 

Legendary Odia singer and music director Prafulla Kar passed away at his residence here due to age-related ailments. He was 83. 

Kar’s funeral will be performed at Swarga Dwara crematorium in Puri on Monday with full state honours.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and several other dignitaries condoled Kar’s death.

“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,” Modi tweeted.

Kar was awarded Padma Shri in 2015 for his contribution to the field of arts.

He was also the recipient of the Jayadeva Award in the year 2004. Born on 16 February 1939 in Puri, Kar was an eminent musician, singer, lyricist, writer and columnist.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also expressed grief over his passing away and said the incident has marked the end of an era in Odia music.

“I am saddened to learn of the death of the famous musician Prafulla Kar. His demise marked the end of an era in the world of Odia music. His unique musical style will forever immortalize him in the hearts of the people. I extend my deepest condolences to the bereaved family and wish them well,” CM Patnaik tweeted.

The Chief Minister has also announced that the funeral of late Kar will be held with state honours.

Patnaik has directed that two ministers from the state government be present at the funeral and pay their last respects. 


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