Khurda: Eminent folk singer (Pala) Prahallad Sahu died at his residence at Sarua village in Khurda district on Sunday. He was 85.
According to sources, he was suffering from old age-related ailments for the last few months. His last rites were performed in adherence to COVID guidelines in his village, said sources.
Prahallad was born on Ram Navami in 1935 at Sarua village in Khurda district. He was a disciple of noted Pala artiste Biswanath Pattjoshi.
The Gayak Samrat could recite Raghubansa, Kumar Sambhabam, Abhigyana Sakuntalam and many more such epics while performing Pala.
Such was his expertise that he was able to perform on the stage without using any ‘Shloka’ and ‘Padya’ for the second time.
He has received many awards and citations in the field of ‘Pala’.
A pall of gloom descended on the Pala community following his demise.