Odia Singer Chitta Jena passes away

Cuttack: Veteran Odia singer Chitta Jena breathed his last at a private hospital here in the early morning on Tuesday. He was 76.

Family sources said that Jena had undergone a heart surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi in 2016. But as his health condition had deteriorated, he was admitted to a private hospital three weeks ago.

The mortal remains of Jena were brought to his residence at Ranihaat where several Ollywood artists including Mihir and eminent personalities rushed to have a glimpse of the departed soul.

Born in 1941, Jena had first lent his voice in 1974 for the movie ‘Mana Akasha’ and was awarded the prestigious ‘Prafulla Kar Samman’ by Prafulla Kar Foundation.

He has sung a number of popular songs prominent of which are ‘Mo Priya Tharu Kiye Adhika Sundara’, ‘Rupa heithiba labanyabati, ‘Udi gale gendalia’ and ‘Ki Sundara Aaha Ki Aananda Maya’. Apart from this, some of his other songs like ‘E parabata kunchi kunchi ka’, ‘Rupa heithiba labanyabati’ and ‘Topae luha’ are still afresh in the hearts of the million of Odias.

“It is hard to believe that he is no more with us. It is a colossal loss for the entire Ollywood industry. He was an extraordinary singer who had no guru,” said eminent singer and music director Prafulla Kar.

Mourning his death, Ollywood actor Mihir Das said the passing away of Jena has left a void that cannot be filled. His memories will remain with us forever.



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