Eminent Odia film music director, singer Amarendra Mohanty passes away
Kendrapara: Renowned Odia film music director, singer and composer Amarendra Mohanty alias Bulu died at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Monday while undergoing treatment for coronavirus. He was 63.
Amarendra Mohanty was born on February 6, 1958 at Naganpur village under Garadapur block of the district. His uncle Jitendra Mohanty said Bulu tested Covid positive on April 19 and was admitted to a Bhubaneswar-based hospital on May 3. He was put on ventilator for the last four days after his health condition deteriorated.
Amarendra Mohanty was trained as a classical musician from a young age and started his career as a singer with Akashvani Cuttack. He ventured into the world of music direction in 1993, after he earned fame as a successful singer in many Odia films. He started his music direction with Odia film “Shradhanjali”. The last film that he was part of was “Hey Sakha” in 2012.
Amarendra has several hit bhajans and movie songs to his credit as both singer and composer. He composed songs for popular Odia movies such as “Bhai Hela Bhagari,” “Stree,” “Suna Panjuri” and “Kandhei Akhire Luha.”
Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan condoled the demise of Amarendra Mohanty and expressed their profound grief.
The Governor said the music director would be remembered for his creativity and contribution to Odia music.
The Chief Minister said, “I am shocked to learn the demise of eminent music director Amarendra Mohanty.” He expressed his sympathies for the bereaved family.
Senior music director and composer Prema Anand, who belonged to Kendrapara district, expressed his profound grief over the death. Anand said, “Amarendra had been considered as a royal music director. I am heartbroken after hearing the news. This is a great loss to the Odia music industry.”
“The simplicity and loving nature of Bulu bhai will remain with me forever. I condole the untimely demise of Bulu bhai, one of the jewels of Kendrapara, in Odia film industry,” stated Bimal Parida of Bhabagrahi Kalaniketan Baro.
The renowned ghazal singer Baishnab Kailash said, “it’s a great loss personally for me as Amarendra Mohanty was like my elder brother. He used to encourage and praise me a lot for my style of singing ghazal. I will miss him a lot,” he said, while remembering the versatile music director.