A prominent voice in the Odia music industry, Praful Kar - music director, singer and lyricist, 

passed away late Sunday night in Bhubaneswar at the age of 83. Family sources said Kar was suffering from

 old age-related health ailments and suffered a heart attack at 9.30 pm on Sunday. 

He is survived by wife Manorama Kar and children Mahaprasad Kar, Sandhyadeep Kar and Mahadeep Kar.

Born on February 16, 1939, Kar started singing in his college days, but in 1962 he made his debut as a professional 

singer in the Odia film industry with 'Sri Sri Patita Pabana'. From a singer, he started his journey as a composer with the film Mamta.

The music of the film brought him immense popularity and made him a household name. 

Not only Odia films, Kar also directed music for Bengali cinema. He has directed music for more than 60 films, which include films like 

Mamta, Batighara, Shesh Srabana, Sindura Bindu, Bandhu Mahanti, Sati Anasuya, Balidaan and Ram to name a few.

He was the only Odia music director to win Best Music Director at the Odisha State Film Awards 

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