The famous Odissi dancer Laxmipriya Mohapatra, wife of the legendary classical dancer Kelucharan Mohapatra, died due to old age problems.
ailments, family sources said Sunday. She was 86 years old.
Mohapatra died at his residence here around 11:20 p.m. Saturday, they said.
She is survived by her son Ratikanta Mohapatra and daughter-in-law Sujata Mohapatra, who are also Odissi dance gurus.
Starting her dancing career at a young age at the Annapurna Theater in Puri in 1947, Laxmipriya came into contact
with Kelucharan Mohapatra at the Annapurna Theater-B in Cuttack.
Although he was an expert in the dance forms of Odissi and Gotipua, Kelucharan was then performing as a tabla player in the theater. They were married in 1947. Later, Laxmipriya left her profession. He has also acted in four Odia films.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed her grief at his death and paid tribute to the deceased soul while recalling his contribution in promoting the Odissi dance.
ମହାନ ଓଡ଼ିଶୀ ନୃତ୍ୟଶିଳ୍ପୀ ତଥା ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ ଓଡ଼ିଶୀ ନୃତ୍ୟ ଗୁରୁ କେଳୁଚରଣ ମହାପାତ୍ରଙ୍କ ପତ୍ନୀ ଲଷ୍ମୀପ୍ରିୟା ମହାପାତ୍ରଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ଓଡ଼ିଶୀକୁ ସମୃଦ୍ଧ କରିବା ଦିଗରେ ତାଙ୍କର ଅତୁଳନୀୟ ଅବଦାନ ସର୍ବଦା ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ରହିବ। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି।
– Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) March 21, 2021
He announced a state funeral for Mohapatra at Swargadwar in Puri.