Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condoled the demise of noted tabla player Pandit Umesh Chandra Kar who passed away at his residence in Bhubaneswar today. He was 71.
Expressing his grief in a condolence message, Naveen said Kar was a gifted artiste and his demise is a huge loss to the music industry in the State. The CM also announced that Kar’s last rites will be conducted with full State honours. He expressed condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace.
A renowned figure in the Hindustani classical music fraternity, Kar had been conferred with many awards in his lifetime including the Sangeet Natak Academy Award and Ila Panda Sangeet Samman. He was the former Principal of Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya.