Odisha: Music director Swarup Nayak passes away

Bhubaneswar: Eminent music director Swarup Nayak today breathed his last at his residence in Odisha’s Cuttack city.

He was suffering from throat cancer for last several days, sources said.

Nayak had composed music for as many as 41 Odia films and was the lyrist in 30 among them. He also lent his voice for songs in several movies and acted in a few.

Born on February 8, 1947 in Cuttack, Nayak’s tryst with Odia film industry began when he acted as a child artiste in movie Jayadeb in 1962.

He had composed music for popular Odia movies like Hira Nila, Bagula Baguli, Lal Paan Bibi, Jahaku Rakhibe Ananta, Ki Heba Sua Posile, Panjuri Bhitare Sari, Kula Nandan, Pua Mora Bhola Shankar, Lakhe Siba Puji Paichi Pua, I Love You, Saashu Ghara Chaalijibi and Romeo: The Lover Boy.

Nayak’s elder sister Parbati Ghosh was a popular actress in Odisha. His elder brother Sarada Prasanna Nayak was also associated with the Odia film industry.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan among other dignitaries condoled Nayak’s demise.

“Saddened to know about the demise of eminent music composer and lyrist Swarup Nayak. His lyrics and work will continue occupying a special place in the hearts of the listeners. Nayak will be remembered for his valuable contribution to Odia film industry. May his soul rest in peace,” said Patnaik in a Twitter (X) post.

Expressing grief over Nayak’s demise, the Union Minister said, “Deeply saddened to know about the death of noted Odia music director, lyrist and actor Swarup Nayak. He had carved a niche for himself in the Odia film industry. In his demise, Odisha lost a talented music composer. My condolences are with the bereaved family.”

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