|Born||10 August 1932|
Gunupur, Odisha, India
|Died||25 August 2013 (aged 81)|
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
|Occupation(s)||Odissi music Guru, singer, composer|
Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi (Odia: ରଘୁନାଥ ପାଣିଗ୍ରାହୀ; 10 August 1932 – 25 August 2013) was an Odissi music Guru, vocalist, composer and music director. A noted singer of the Gita Govinda. He also sang in the popular Telugu movies like Ilavelupu and Jayabheri. He left a promising career in film music in Chennai to provide vocal support to his wife, Sanjukta Panigrahi, a legendary Odissi performer and composer. He also sang for few Odia and Kannada movies. He made a lifetime contribution of promoting, propagating and popularizing the life and works of Jayadeva and the cult of Lord Jagannatha.
Sanjukta-Raghunath played for many years from the 1960s until the 1990s.
After the death of Sanjukta in 1997, he was associated with the Nrityagram and gave music for many of their productions. He formed the 'Sanjukta Panigrahi Memorial Trust', in 1999, to promote the cause of Odishi dance. Since 2001, every year on her birth anniversary, the trust has been giving away scholarships to budding dancers, and awards excellence in the field of Orissi dance.
Raghunath Panigrahi was born on 10 August 1932 in Gunupur, Rayagada, Odisha. He met his future wife dancer Padma Shri Sanjukta Panigrahi at Kalakshetra dance school, subsequently they married in 1960 and had two sons. He died on 25 August 2013 in Bhubaneswar at the age of 82.
|Shri Shri Patitapabana||Odia||1963||Playback singer|
|Chinnada Gombe||Kannada||1964||Playback singer|
|Sindura Bindu||Odia||1976||Playback singer|