Bhubaneswar: Eminent classical singer from Odisha, Sunanda Patnaik passed away at a private hospital in Kolkata today. She was 85.
Patnaik was hospitalised due to age-related ailments and breathed her last while undergoing treatment, family sources said.
Born on November 7, 1934, she started singing at All India Radio, Cuttack in 1948 at the age of 14. She had been staying in Kolkata since 1983. She was the daughter of legendary Odia poet Baikunthanath Patnaik.
She had received Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1970 and 1971. She was also the recipient of Tagore Akademi Puraskar for the year 2012.