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Kokila Kanthi
Shyamamani Devi
ଶ୍ୟାମାମଣି ଦେବୀ
Background information
Birth nameShyamamani Pattnaik
Born(1938-12-21)21 December 1938
Banki, Cuttack, Odisha
GenresOdissi music
OccupationsVocalist & composer
Awards: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award 2011

Shyamamani Devi (Odia: ଶ୍ୟାମାମଣି ଦେବୀ, romanized: Syāmāmaṇi Debi; born 1938) is a Odissi classical music vocalist composer. A disciple of Gurus Singhari Shyamsundar Kar and Balakrushna Dash, she is known for her popular renditions of classical Odissi music, such as Odissi, Chhanda, Champu, etc. authored by medieval Odia musician-poets such as Upendra Bhanja, Kabisurjya Baladeba Ratha, Banamali Dasa, Gopalakrusna and others. She is also known for her renditions of light music such as traditional Odia folk music ,Odia film music and adhunika songs. In 2022, she was awarded the Padma Shri for he contributions to Odissi music.[1][2]

Born to Rajendra Mohan Pattnaik and Nishamani Pattnaik, Shyamamani belonged to a musical lineage. She was the youngest among five siblings. The eminent Odissi musician and dramatist Kalicharan Pattnaik was her uncle. In her childhood, she faced opposition from the society due to her interest in music, but continued her musical education with the support of her father and Kalicharan Pattnaik. At the age of 12 in 1950, she began singing at All India Radio Cuttack. She began her formal training in classical music under Adiguru Pt Singhari Shyamsundar Kar and Sangita Sudhakara Pt Balakrushna Dash. Later she undertook a course in voice culture under B. R. Deodhar. She also learned from Kundala Adinarayana Rao for a while.[3][4]

She married Mayadhar Behera, a medicine practitioner. The couple had a son and two daughters.

In 2018, filmmaker Santosh Gaur directed a documentary on her life and work titled "Shyamamani Devi - Odissi Classical vocalist".[5][6]

Awards and honours


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  3. ^ In Conversation - SHYAMAMANI DEVI, retrieved 2022-01-25
  4. ^ "Shyāmāmani Devi", The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Music of India, Oxford University Press, 2011, doi:10.1093/acref/9780195650983.001.0001, ISBN 978-0-19-565098-3, retrieved 2022-01-25
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  7. ^ "Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademy Award Winners (1970-2012)" (PDF). Odisha Reference Annual - 2011. Government of Odisha: 104–108. 2011.
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  9. ^ "Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Awards 2017 announced |". Retrieved 2022-01-25.
  10. ^ "Debaprasad Utsav to honour Odissi exponent". Odisha News, Odisha Latest news, Odisha Daily - OrissaPOST. 2018-10-27. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
  11. ^ "Shyamamani Devi, Upendra Panigrahi To Get Upendra Bhanja Award". Odisha Bytes. 2019-10-26. Retrieved 2022-01-25.
  12. ^ "Odissi vocalist Shyamamani Devi, Daskathia artiste Upendra Kumar Panigrahi honoured". Odisha News, Odisha Latest news, Odisha Daily - OrissaPOST. 2019-11-14. Retrieved 2022-01-25.