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Eminent percussionist Guru Banamali Maharana passes away

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Eminent percussionist Guru Banamali passed away here Saturday following age related ailments, family sources said. He was 77.

was undergoing treatment at a private hospital where he breathed his last.

Born in village of district in May 1941, Guru was attracted towards musical instruments during childhood and he played a major role in promotion of mardala across the globe.

Known for his endeavours for giving recognition to the mardala as a classical musical instrument, the maestro was an accompanying artiste to renowned Odissi guru late Kelucharan Mahapatra.

A host of distinguished persons including Odisha Chief Minister condoled his demise.

"Saddened to learn about the passing away of Mardala maestro The eminent percussionists invaluable contribution to Odissi tradition will always be remembered. My thoughts and prayers are with bereaved family members. May his soul rest in peace," the said in a twitter post.

Odisha's and former also condoled Maharana's demise.

Having started his career as a at Kala Vikash Kendra in Cuttack, the maestro later joined the Odisha Sangeet Mahavidyalaya as a He played a significant role in setting up of mardala department in Odisha Sangeet Mahavidyalaya.

Recipient of many awards, Maharana was honoured with the prestigious Orissa in 1994, Kendriya in 2004 and the Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja Sanman in 2016.

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First Published: Sat, November 17 2018. 19:55 IST