February 06, 2022
Pandit Dr Damodar Hota (87) The doyen of Hindustani classical and Odissi classical (Uddra Paddhtiya) music, passed away last night (6th February).
Over the past few years, Hota was under treatment for cardiac ailments. Last night, at around 1 AM he succumbed while being rushed to a private hospital here.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed deep condolences on Dr Hota’s demise.
“I am deeply saddened after learning about the death of the eminent Hindustani classical musician, vocalist, and Guru, Pandit Damodar Hota. He will always be remembered for his contribution to promoting and research on Uddra Paddhatiya Sangeet. I pray for the immortal soul and express condolences for the bereaved family members.
Dr Hota’s primary research on Odissi classical music in the 1960s was groundbreaking in uncovering the historical roots, distinct ragas, talas, and lakshyanas of the music. He has fought to preserve the authenticity and distinctiveness of the form through his vocal performance, teaching, scholarship, and advocacy.
People from all quarters expressed condolences on his demise. “His death has left a gaping void in Odissi and Hindustani classical sector which cannot be filled,” they said.
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