‘Rangabati’ composer Padma Shri Mitrabhanu Gountia hospitalised

Burla: Padma Shri Mitrabhanu Gountia has been hospitalized after he complained of chest pain today evening.

Family members of Gountia initially admitted him to the Kuchinda Sub divisional hospital after he complained of chest pain at his house at Rangabati Bilunga village. He was then taken to a private clinic in Sambalpur. After medical examination and upon the doctor’s advice, family members admitted Gountia to the VIMSAR, Burla at around 9:45 PM.

Hospital sources said Gountia is currently undergoing treatment at the cardiology department of VIMSAR.

Gountia is well-known for composing the eponymous Rangabati song in the Sambalpuri language in 1979. The retired teacher has been credited for penning over 1,000 folk songs.

In 2020, President Ram Nath Kovind the Padma Shri on Mitrabhanu Gountia.

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