Bhubaneswar: Veteran Odia poet Rabi Singh passed away at his residence at Khapuria in Cuttack district on Sunday. He was 89.
The poet had received many awards for his immense contribution to Odia literature.
Singh received Atibadi Jagannath Das Samman in the year 2017. He had also received Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award in 1961.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik declared state funeral for late Rabi Singh for his immense contribution to the freedom movement and Odia literature.
Expressing deep grief at the death of the eminent poet, the Chief Minister described Rabi Singh as a very talented poet, prolific writer and a true patriot.
Odia poet Rabi Singh’s death has created a great void in modern Odia literature. His poems were remarkable in carrying the values of socialism, human rights and equality of classes, he added.