Veteran Odia singer Chitta Jena passes away

Cuttack: Veteran Odia singer Chitta Jena passed away at a private hospital in Odisha’s Cuttack on Tuesday morning. He was 76.

Jena was undergoing treatment for the last few days, sources said.

Born in 1941, Jena has lent his golden voice to a number of popular songs.

Chitta Jena had become a household name across the state with his mesmerizing voice in several songs including ‘Mo priya tharu kie adhika sundara’, ‘Rupa hoithiba labanyabati’, ‘Puja kahin puja’, ‘Ae bana jharana’, ‘Najare naja gori bali jatara dekhi’ and ‘Manika alo manika’.

His debut album was in the year 1974 for the movie ‘Mana Akasha’.

Jena was awarded the prestigious ‘Prafulla Kar Samman’ by Prafulla Kar Foundation for his outstanding achievement in the field of music.