Rajya Sabha MP and Sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra passed away on Sunday while undergoing treatment for COVID-19. He was 78.
Raghunath Mohapatra had been admitted to AIIMS Bhubaneswar and was undergoing treatment for close to two weeks along with his sons.
He is the recipient of Padma Shri and Padama Bhushan award and is credited to have planned the construction of a second ‘Konark Temple.’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of the sculptor and said, “Saddened by the demise of MP Shri Raghunath Mohapatra Ji. He made pioneering contributions to the world of art, architecture and culture. He will be remembered for his contributions towards popularising traditional crafts. My thoughts are with his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also expressed his grief at the passing away of the renowned artist.
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