Bhubaneswar: It has been 17 years since Odisha’s legendary musician Akshaya Mohanty passed away. Born on 12 October 1936 Mohanty, popularly known as Khoka Bhai, passed away on 17 November 2002.
After completing his graduation from Ravenshaw College in 1956, Mohanty joined government services in his home city Cuttack, but quit after seven years in 1963. His first song as a playback singer was Gori Gori Gori in the 1959 Odia movie Maa.
Akshaya Mohanty has a lot of hit Odia filmy and non-filmy songs to his credit. Undoubtedly he is the most sought after music director of Odia film industry. His evergreen songs continue to remain alive among Odia music lovers across the state. Not only in romantic songs, but Mohanty was also a maestro of all genres.
Besides compositions, Akshaya Mohanty was also a singer of repute and a lyricist. He has contributed Odia Bhajans, Odissi songs, folk songs, film, and non-film modern light songs in Odisha on contemporary themes and ballads based on popular legends in Odisha.
Some of his popular songs are ‘Kene Gheni Jauchha Jagannathanku’, ‘Saata Daria Paare’, ‘He Phaguna Tume’, ‘Raja Jhia Sange’, ‘Rakata Tala Mala’, ‘Chakori Jhara’anaa Luha’.
He has penned down 100 stories out of which 70 have been published. Similarly, Mohanty has written 12 novels out of which four have been published.