Raghunath Panigrahi
ରଘୁନାଥ ପାଣିଗ୍ରାହୀ
Background information
Born(1932-08-10)10 August 1932
Gunupur, Odisha, India
Died25 August 2013(2013-08-25) (aged 81)
Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
GenresOdissi music
Occupation(s)Odissi music Guru, singer, composer
Years active1956-2013

Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi (Odia: ରଘୁନାଥ ପାଣିଗ୍ରାହୀ; 10 August 1932 – 25 August 2013) was an Odissi music Guru, vocalist, composer and music director.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4][5]

Personal life

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[6] and had two sons.[7] He died on 25 August 2013 in Bhubaneswar at the age of 82.


Movie Language Year Role
Ilavelpu Telugu 1956 Playback singer
Jayabheri Telugu 1959 Playback singer
Shri Shri Patitapabana Odia 1963 Playback singer
Chinnada Gombe Kannada 1964 Playback singer
Abhinetri - 1965 Choreographer
Sindura Bindu Odia 1976 Playback singer
Mukti Odia 1977 Playback singer
Ahalya Odia 1998 Music director
Nabajanma Odia - Playback singer
Kaa Odia - Playback singer



  1. ^ "Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi dead". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 29 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  2. ^ Odissi at the crossroads The Hindu, 13 May 2007.
  3. ^ Venkataraman, Leela (30 July 2010). "Nrityagram and the Passion for Dance". The Island.
  4. ^ First Sanjukta Panigrahi award The Times of India, 25 August 2001.
  5. ^ Sanjukta Panigrahi Awards
  6. ^ Publications, Europa (2003). The International Who's Who 2004. Routledge. p. 1281. ISBN 1-85743-217-7.
  7. ^ Sanjukta Panigrahi, Indian Dancer, 65 The New York Times, 6 July 1997.
  8. ^ a b Mudgal, Madhavi (29 August 2013). "He shaped Odissi' renaissance". The Indian Express. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Padma Shri award to Orissa's Pandit Raghunath Panigrahi, Mayadhar Raut, Ignace Tirkey, Oriya Orbit". 25 January 2010. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  10. ^ "Pt. Raghunath Panigrahi receives the First Jaydev Samman, Oriya Orbit". 5 November 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Banichitra awards presented". The Hindu. Bhubaneshwar. 7 April 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2014.