Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra succumbed to Covid-19 while undergoing treatment at AIIMS, Bhubaneswar this afternoon. He was 78.
“I am saddened by the demise of internationally acclaimed sculptor and MP Raghunath Mohapatra. He will always be remembered for his invaluable contribution to the enrichment of the arts and heritage of Odisha,” Patnaik tweeted in Odia.
“I extend my condolences to the bereaved family members and pray the departed soul rest in peace,” he added.
ଅନ୍ତର୍ଜାତୀୟ ଖ୍ୟାତି ସମ୍ପନ୍ନ ଶିଳ୍ପୀ ତଥା ସାଂସଦ ରଘୁନାଥ ମହାପାତ୍ରଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ଓଡ଼ିଶାର କଳା ଓ ଐତିହ୍ୟକୁ ସମୃଦ୍ଧ କରିବା ଦିଗରେ ତାଙ୍କ ଅତୁଳନୀୟ ଅବଦାନ ପାଇଁ ସେ ସର୍ବଦା ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ରହିବେ। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାର ସଦସ୍ୟଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତି ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି। — Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) May 9, 2021
Mohapatra was hospitalised for more than two weeks after he was infected with the virus.
He was awarded Padma Shri in 1975 and Padma Bhushan in 2001. He was also awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2013. He had trained more than 2,000 students and restored many monuments.