Kali Charan Patnaik



I present to you, Sir, Shri Kali Charan Patnaik. Born in 1899 in the Cuttack district of Orissa, Shri Patnaik has spent all his life in the promotion of music, dance and drama. He has been a pioneer in the revival of the performing arts in Orissa and has greatly SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI FELLOWS 10 contributed to their promotion and development. He combines in him the qualities of a creative artist and a scholar and while he himself has been an actor, dancer and a musician, he has trained many artists in all three fields. He established in 1939 the Orissa Theatres in Cuttack which was the first professional Oriya Company. He has written many mythological and social plays which have been very popular on the Oriya stage. He has also written poems and several collections of his verses have been published. In recognition of his poetic talent, he received the title of Kabichandra from the Gajapati Maharaja, Puri, in 1944. He has received many other titles and honours from various cultural bodies. He has also been associated for nearly three decades with a large number of cultural and academic institutions. He is the Vice-President of the Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi. In the scholarly field, his most significant contribution is the editing of several rare manuscripts in Oriya on music, dance and drama. Some of these edited manuscripts are Ragachitra and Abhinaya Darpana Prakasa. His other books on music are Sapta Swari and Suralekha. His Oriya translation of Gitagovinda has been highly acclaimed.