Renowned Indian classical singer and music director, a noted vocalist of Jayadeva’s ‘Gita Govind’, Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi died at the age of 82. Pandit Panigrahi’s effort to popularise poet Jayadeva’s ’Gita Govinda’, not just in the state but worldwide. He got prestigious doctored award from Utkala University and revenswa college for his life time achievement.
Born at Gunupur in Odisha’s Rayaga (earlier Koraput) district, Panigrahi learnt from his father the classical way of singing ‘Gita Govinda’, which describes the unique relationship between Lord Krishna and the ‘Gopis’, as preserved in the traditions of the Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri.
Pandit Raghunath was the first Odia singer to be honoured by the French government for his ‘Gita Govinda’ composition way back in the 70s. However, the noted vocalist had to wait till 2010 for the Padmashri award, a belated honour for the great master.