TNI Bureau: Akshaya Mohanty, the iconic musician of Odia Film Industry is remembered with deep love and reverence on his 75th Birth Anniversary today on 12th October 2012. He is considered as one of the seminal music directors of Odia cinema. Mohanty, who is otherwise known as ‘Khoka bhai’ is a Music Director, Singer, Lyricist, Writer, Film Director and Producer in one line.
Born on 12 October 1937 to Bichitrananda Mohanty and Subarna Manjari Mohanty in Kendrapara, Khoka bhai joined government services in 1956 in Cuttack and the same year approved as a lyricist in All India Radio, but quit the job after seven years in 1963. He was married to Prabina Mohanty in 1967.
Akshaya’s first song as a playback singer was Gori Gori Gori, recorded in 1959 for Odia movie Maa. Beginning his music career from ‘Malajanha’ as a music director in Odia Film Industry, Mohanty has several hit films and songs to his credit, such as – Kie Kahar, Naga phasa, Tapoi, Nijhum ratira sathi, Shree Jagannath, Kie jite kie hare, Ashanta Graha, Mahasati Sabitri, Swapna Sagara, Danda Balunga, Jai Phula, Jaga hatare pagha, Sankha Sindura, Mamata maage mula, nala damayanti, Baje bainsi nache ghungura, chaka bhaunri, sabu mayare baya, ei ama sansara, Badhu Nirupama, Tunda baida, Jor jar mulak tar, Suna Chadhei, Kurukshetra, Papa Punya, Pua mohara kala thakura, Mamatara dori, Chka akhi sabu dekhuchi, Paradesi Chadhei etc.
Khoka bhai’s famous numbers are Smruti tume, Ja ja re bhasi bhasi ja, Raja jhia sange, Punyara nadi tire, Nadira nama alasakanya, Sabi sabi tu to mora, Alo ratani, Nanda mundia driver, Gori gori gori, Rakata talamala, Tik Tik tik ghanta chale, Ei Chumki (duet), Jajabara mana mora, Sata daria pari re, Udigale gendalia jhadi dela para, Boula hebi nahin, Thik tori pari jhia tie.
Besides film songs Khoka bhai also created some popular ballads in Oriya music. They are Kanchi Abhijana, Randipua Ananta and Konarak Gatha, which are widely popular in every household in Odisha.
Odia Music Lovers reveres Akshya Mohanty heartily as a rich musical maestro and as one of the greatest singer-composer of all times in the Odia film industry.
Team TNI pays its heartfelt tribute to the legendary singer and Music composer Akshya Mohanty for his great and eternal creations on the eve of his 75th birth anniversary.