Prabhudatta Pradhan, the music director of popular Sambalpuri song ‘Rangabati’ passed away today. He was 75. He breathed his last at around 4.30 am at a nursing home in Sambalpur.
He composed thousands of Sambalpuri songs for broadcast on AIR, Sambalpur. Pradhan also worked as resource person in the Radio serials ‘Lokdhara’ and ‘Lokbadya’ produced by Sambalpur AIR.
The ‘Rangabati’ song which earned him fame in the year 1975, was written by Mitrabhanu Gountia and sung by Jitendra Haripal and Krishna Patel.
Born on November 11, 1943, Pradhan started learning music at the age of only 3. He learnt Tabla in Uttar Pradesh. He had been working as an instrumentalist at Akashvani in Sambalpur since 1969.
He was active in field of music for 45 years. The veteran rhythm player of Odisha having expertise in percussion instruments like Dhol and Mandal contributed for propagation and popularisation of Sambalpuri music throughout the world.
Prabhudatta Pradhan has bagged total 14 prestigious awards for his contribution in field of Samabalpuri song and music.