Bhubaneswar: Rajya Sabha MP and eminent sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra passed away today while undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at AIIMS here. He was 78.
According to reports, Mohapatra, a four-time BJP MLA from Bhawanipatna, was admitted to AIIMS after testing positive for COVID-19. However, he breathed his last today at around 3.49 PM while undergoing treatment.
A receipent of the prestigious Padma Vibhusan, Mohapatra, is famous for stone-carving work. He has trained more than 2,000 students and helped restore many monuments.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed grief over the death of Mohapatra and conveyed his condolence to the bereaved family.
ଅନ୍ତର୍ଜାତୀୟ ଖ୍ୟାତି ସମ୍ପନ୍ନ ଶିଳ୍ପୀ ତଥା ସାଂସଦ ରଘୁନାଥ ମହାପାତ୍ରଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ଓଡ଼ିଶାର କଳା ଓ ଐତିହ୍ୟକୁ ସମୃଦ୍ଧ କରିବା ଦିଗରେ ତାଙ୍କ ଅତୁଳନୀୟ ଅବଦାନ ପାଇଁ ସେ ସର୍ବଦା ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ରହିବେ। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାର ସଦସ୍ୟଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତି ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି।
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) May 9, 2021