Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today paid humble tribute to Padma Shri Banikantha Nimai Charan Harichandan on his birth anniversary.
Harichandan, who was considered the first Odia professional singer, was famous for his devotional songs (bhajan and janana), in addition to his wide repertoire of songs including Odissi, Chhanda, Champoo.
The Chief Minister took to twitter to highlight some of the unforgettable songs of this popular singer.
ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ କଣ୍ଠଶିଳ୍ପୀ ପଦ୍ମଶ୍ରୀ ବାଣୀକଣ୍ଠ ନିମାଇଁ ଚରଣ ହରିଚନ୍ଦନଙ୍କ ଜୟନ୍ତୀରେ ମୋର ଶ୍ରଦ୍ଧାଞ୍ଜଳି। ନିଜ ସୁମଧୁର କଣ୍ଠ ଦ୍ୱାରା ‘ଥକାମନ ଚାଲ ଯିବା ଚକାନୟନ ଦେଖିବା’, ‘କହଇ ମନ ଆରେ ମୋ ବୋଲ କର’ ଆଦି ଅନେକ ପ୍ରାଚୀନ ଭଜନ ଓ ଜଣାଣ, ଓଡ଼ିଶୀ, ଛାନ୍ଦ, ଚମ୍ପୂ ଓ ପଲ୍ଲୀଗୀତରେ ସେ ଛାଡିଯାଇଥିବା ଛାପ ତାଙ୍କୁ ସର୍ବଦା ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ କରିରଖିବ। pic.twitter.com/qXOLab6xtp
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) July 9, 2019
Harichandan was the first Odia singer to have received the Padma Shri in 1976.