Prafulla Kar conferred Padma Shri

Bhubaneswar: Eminent Odia singer and musician Prafulla Kar will be felicitated with Padma Shri award- the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, this year.

Born in 1939 into a family of musicians, Kar had shown early promise as a singer at home in Puri. His father’s elder brother Khetra Mohan Kar was a renowned Tabla player, who could bring down the artistes of national repute like Hirabai Barodekar, Maitra, & Malabika Kanan and many others as family friends to their home.

Hence since childhood, this adorable child of Baidyanath and Susila Kar had the opportunity to listen to such veterans and music started flowing in his blood at a tender age.

His career started growing under the guidance of his maternal uncles. His grand father Bhagban Mishra and grand mother Apanna Devi rightly brought him up with moral and spiritual influence.

Awards Won by Mr Prafulla Kar
• Jayadeva Award, 2004
• D. Lit (Utkal University)
• Kabi Samrat Upendra Bhanja Award, 2009
• FitFat Biscope Award, 2011
• Swarna Sanjibani Award, 2008
• Balakrushna Das Award, 2010
• Parampara Award, 2012
• Kadambini Award, 2012

Praffula Kar has directed music in more than 70 Oriya Films as well as four Bengali films. For his outstanding contributions to the field of music, the Govt. of Odisha has honoured Kar with Best Director Award for Oriya films on eight occasions.