Eminent Indian classical singer and music director who rendered his voice for Jayadevas Gita Govinda,Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi,passed away at his residence on Sunday morning. He was 81.
Panigrahi,diagnosed with throat cancer a few months ago,suffered cardiac arrest around 11:30 am at the Capital hospital.
Known as Suramani for his voice,Panigrahi was the first Oriya singer to be honoured by the French government for his Gita Govinda composition in the 70s. He was awarded the Padmashri in 2010. His wife,noted Odissi danseuse Sanjukta Panigrahi,had passed away in 1997. He is survived by two sons. He died a day after his wifes death anniversary and was cremated at Puri on Sunday afternoon.
Born at Gunupur in Rayagada,he picked up classical singing from his father Nilamani Panigrahi at the age of 5. He first rendered Gita Govinda on AIR when he was 16. He has sung in 12 languages including Tamil and Telugu.