Eminent Olywood singer Tapu Mishra breathed her last while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in the Capital City on Saturday.
Tapu had lent her melodious voice to a number of hit movie songs, albums and bhajans in her career spanning over two decades. Making her debut from Kula Nandan movie, the versatile singer has gone on to spread her magical voice in over 150 films.
Tributes started pouring for the noted singer from all sections of the society including politics, Ollywood and her innumerable fans across Odisha.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and BJP National Vice-President Baijayant Panda and others expressed deep condolences over the sad demise of the popular singer.
ଲୋକପ୍ରିୟ କଣ୍ଠଶିଳ୍ପୀ ତପୁ ମିଶ୍ରଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ଓଡ଼ିଆ ସଙ୍ଗୀତ ଜଗତରେ ସେ ସ୍ଥାପନ କରିଥିବା କୀର୍ତ୍ତି ସର୍ବଦା ତାଙ୍କୁ ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ କରି ରଖିବ। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିବା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାର ସଦସ୍ୟଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତି ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି।— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) June 20, 2021
“I am saddened to know about the demise of popular Odia singer Tapu Mishra. She will always be remembered for her great work in Odia songs. Let her soul rest in peace. I extend sympathy to the bereaved family,” tweeted Patnaik.
“I am deeply saddened by the demise of popular Odia singer Tapu Mishra. She had become immensely popular and become a household name in Odisha because of her sweet and melodious voice,” tweeted Pradhan.
ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ପ୍ରସିଦ୍ଧ କଣ୍ଠଶିଳ୍ପୀ ତପୁ ମିଶ୍ରଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗ ଖବର ଶୁଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ ଓ ମର୍ମାହତ । ନିଜର ସୁମଧୁର ସ୍ବର ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ଖୁବ କମ ସମୟରେ ଓଡ଼ିଆଙ୍କ ଘରେ ଘରେ ପରିଚିତ ହୋଇପାରିଥିଲେ ।ତାଙ୍କ ବିୟୋଗରେ ଓଡ଼ିଶା ସଙ୍ଗୀତ ଜଗତ ଜଣେ ପ୍ରତିଭାସମ୍ପନ୍ନ ଗାୟିକାଙ୍କୁ ହରାଇଲା । pic.twitter.com/Lei6uRLMpK— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) June 19, 2021
Panda also expressed his deepest condolences. “Deeply saddened by the sad demise of noted Odia singer Tapu Mishra. With her demise, Odisha lost a talented singer. I extend sympathy to the bereaved family. Let her soul rest in peace,” wrote Panda.
ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ କଣ୍ଠଶିଳ୍ପୀ ତପୁ ମିଶ୍ରଙ୍କ ପରଲୋକ ଖବର ଶୁଣି ଶ୍ରୀଯୁକ୍ତ @PandaJay ଗଭୀର ଦୁଃଖିତ ଓ ମର୍ମାହତ ହୋଇଛନ୍ତି। ଓଡ଼ିଆ ସଙ୍ଗୀତ ଜଗତ ଆଜି ଜଣେ ତାରକା ତଥା ଅନନ୍ୟ ପ୍ରତିଭାଙ୍କୁ ହରାଇଲା। ଶ୍ରୀଯୁକ୍ତ ପଣ୍ଡା ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କୁ ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଇ ଦିବଂଗତ ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିଛନ୍ତି। ଓଁ ଶାନ୍ତି🙏🙏#Odisha— Baijayant Panda Odia (@Panda_Odia) June 19, 2021
Condolence messages also poured in from several Ollywood personalities.
Actor Sritam Das termed it as a huge personal loss for him and also for the entire Odia cine industry. “Tapu had a fantastic voice and a unique accent of presentation. We have lost a true gem in Tapu’s untimely death,” said Das.
Actor Sabyasachi Mishra took to Twitter to pen an emotional condolence message in memory of the late singer.
ତପୁ, ତମେ ଏମିତି ଚାଲିଯିବ ବୋଲି କେହି ବିଶ୍ବାସ କରି ପାରୁନାହାନ୍ତି। ଆଜି ଆକାଶରେ ଆଉ ଗୋଟେ ତାରା ବଢ଼ିଗଲା। ଆମେ ମାନେ କିଛି କରିପାରିଲୁନାହିଁ 😢 Rest in peace dear 🙏 Om Shanti 🙏 #TapuMishra #RIPTapu pic.twitter.com/ls7v5w499T— SABYASACHI MISHRA 🇮🇳 (@sabyaactor) June 19, 2021
Music Director Prem Anand expressed shock and equal dejection on the passing away of Mishra. "It will remain a big disappointment that we could have done something more to bring her back. It is hard to believe that Tapu is no more with us," said Anand.
Actress Rajeswari said whole Odisha will miss her sweet voice and personality.
“She used to love me a lot. When I was suffering from cancer she had given me a lot of faith and hope. I recovered from the dreaded disease. However, unfortunately she passed away before me. It’s really a shocking news not only for me, but also for the people of Odisha.
(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)