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Bhubaneswar: Veteran Odia singer Pranab Patnaik received the first “Sikader Alam Memorial Award” today. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik felicitated Pranab with the coveted award at the state Secretariat.
The noted Odia singer received the award in the presence of late Sikander Alam’s wife Naima Alam and youngest daughter Nazia Alam and Odisha Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Panda.
Pranab Patnaik, who was born on January 20, 1938, took singing as his carrier after being inspired by his father late Lal Mohan Patnaik (former Speaker of Odisha Legislative Assembly).
He started his singing carrier as a playback singer with Odia film ‘Maa’ in 1958.
Apart from Odia film industry, Pranab has lent voice to Odissi, folk, devotional, semi classical, traditional songs apart from Hindi Geet and Ghazal. He has rendered his voice in more than 200 Odia films.
For his unique way of singing, he is the only Odia playback singer who has been bestowed with “Best Playback Singer Award” by government of Odisha for seven times.
The “Sikader Alam Memorial Award’ has been established in the memory late eminent Odia singer Mohammed Sikandar Alam, who was popularly known as ‘Salabega of Modern Odisha.