“Deeply saddened by passing away of internationally acclaimed sculptor Padma Bibhushan and Rajya Sabha member Raghunath Mohapatra. I had personal relationship with him,” tweeted Pradhan in Odia.
He wrote, “As an eminent sculptor, Mohapatra had promoted the rich sculpture art of Odisha in the country and worldwide. An vacuum was created by his passing away, which can’t be filled in coming days.”
He conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for the soul to rest in peace.
Mohapatra, an incumbent BJP Rajya Sabha member, was undergoing treatment for Covid at the AIIMS Bhubaneswar since April 22. He was later put on ventilator support as condition worsened. He succumbed to the virus at 3.49 pm on Sunday.