Born on 14 November 1919 in Sambalpur in Odisha, Shri Nilamadhab Panigrahi is a
respected scholar of the performing arts whose work has contributed to the
regeneration of music and dance in the region. A graduate of Utkal University, he holds
a D. Litt. from Sambalpur University.
Shri Panigrahi’s scholarly works include critical editions of many manuscripts on music written from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century in Odisha, including the Geetaprakash, Sangeeta Kalpalatika, Sangeeta Koumudee, and Sangeeta Chandrika. He is also the author of books of poetry and grammar such as Panigrahi Padyabali, Sambalpuri Koshli Byakaran, and Koshalika Padya Sankalan. He is the recipient of a fellowship awarded by the former Department of Culture, Government of India, for research on ‘Re-orientation of the Music of the Geetagovinda’.
For his service in the field of the arts, Shri Nilamadhab Panigrahi has been bestowed the Odisha Sahitya Akademi Award (1970), and again the Kavi Samrat Upendra Bhanja Award of the Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi (2003).
Shri Nilamadhab Panigrahi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for his contribution to scholarship in the performing arts.