Noted Ollywood playback singer Tapu Mishra passed away while undergoing treatment for Covid complications at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar today.
Mishra was initially under home isolation after testing positive for the SARS-CoV-2 and was moved to a private hospital where she was put in ventilator support for the last several days.
Her lungs had suffered extensive damage and oxygen levels had dipped dangerously due to which her family had sought help from Odisha Chief Minister to shift the popular singer to outside of the State for advanced treatment of post Covid complications.
Her father had also succumbed to Covid infection on May 10.
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.
Condolences poured in from several quarters soon after the news of Tapu’s demise made headlines.
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
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan mourned the death of Tapu Mishra through a message in his Twitter handle.
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
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.
Laxmikant Palit, noted Odia musician