Well-known classical singer, composer and Bollywood Celebrity Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi passed away in Bhubaneswar on Sunday, August 25, following cardiac arrest, a family member said. He was 79. He is survived by two sons and their families. He was suffering from throat cancer and was undergoing treatment at his Bhubaneswar residence for the past few months.
Family members shifted him to the Capital Hospital in the city on Sunday after he complained of a breathing problem. But it was too late. He was born August 10, 1934 at Gunupur in Koraput district, about 500km from Bhubaneswar. He started performing as a regular artist of All India Radio in 1948.