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Odia Classical Singer Sunanda Patnaik passed away

Eminent Indian classical singer Sunanda Patnaik, who had carved a special identity in Odia music world, passed away following a prolonged illness. She was 85.

Popularly known as ‘Guguma’, Patnaik was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Kolkata where she breathed her last Sunday morning.

Daughter of legendary Odia poet Baikunthanath Patnaik, the veteran singer was born November 7, 1934, and started her career in singing at the All India Radio, Cuttack in 1948 at the age of 14.