Noted Odissi dancer Laxmipriya Mohapatra, wife of Kelucharan Mohapatra, no more

Bhubaneswar: Eminent Odissi dancer Laxmipriya Mohapatra, wife of legendary classical dancer late Kelucharan Mohapatra, passed away at her residence at Bhimatangi here, last night. She was 86.

Mohapatra breathed her last at 11.10 pm over old age-related ailments, family sources said. A pall of gloom descended on the fraternity after the demises of Mohapatra.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the death of the Odissi exponent. He paid rich tributes to the departed soul and remembered her contribution in promotion of Odissi dance.

The CM also announced state funeral for Mohapatra. The last rites will be performed at Swargadwar in Puri.

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