Odisha mourns the loss of its legendary music director Shantanu Mohapatra on the 30th of December 2020.
The veteran artist succumbed to pneumonia in his final fight with the old age illnesses.
Saddened by the demise of the renowned musician, many dignitaries paid their respects through social media platforms.
Honourable Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik remarked Mohapatra as an “unfading talent” and stated that he will always live in his music.
As we bid our final farewell to the artist, let us recall his remarkable journey and exemplary contributions to the world of music.
1. Shantanu Mohapatra was born in November 1936 in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha.
2.One of the lesser-known facts about the musician is that he studied Applied Geology and Geophysics from IIT Kharagpur, and later worked for the State Directorate of Mining and Geology, Government of Odisha.
3.Being born with exceptional talents, he was a fellow of Sangeet Narayan Banchhanidhi Panda at the early age of five. Mohapatra gave his first public performances at the age of nine.
4.The musician is applauded as the first Odia music director to work in films in five different languages – Odia, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese and Telugu.
5.Inspired by the famous musician Salil Chowdhury, Shantanu Mohapatra composed the first Modern Odia Ballad called “Konark Gatha” and “Kalijae”.
6.Mohapatra has introduced many new zones in the field of Odia music, like the first modern lullaby in AIR (“Soi Pada Re Dhana” sung by Santilata Rout), first qawwali (“Ae Ranga Rahiba Nahi” from Surjyamukhi), first bhangra tune, and first fusion and jumping note (“Ago Chandrika” by Raghunath Panigrahi).
7.He is also the only Odia music director to work with the musicians of the Hindi music industry, like Lata Mangeshkar (Surjyamukhi), Manna Dey (Surjyamukhi), Mohammad Rafi (Arundhati), Usha Mangeshkar (Arundhati) and other artists like Suresh Wadekar, Usha Uthup, Anuradha Paudwal and Kavita Krishnamurthy.
8.In over 60 years of his musical journey, Mohapatra did compositions for more than 50 movies, among which there are two national award-winning films – “Shodh” by Biplab Roy Choudhary and “Bagh Bahadur” by Buddhadeb Das Gupta.
9.Shantanu Mohapatra has left behind a great legacy of around 1,900 compositions, including 53 films (feature and tele), 10 Jatras, 60 dramas by AIR (Cuttack) and 10 dance dramas for us to relish.
10. As a winner of over 80 awards and accolades, Mohapatra is the most acclaimed music director to be born on the lands of Odisha.
The state will celebrate his work for years to come.