others as family friends to their home.
This adorable child of Baidyanath Kar
and Susila Kar had opportunity to listen
such veterans from childhood and music
start ed flowing in his blood at a
tender age, but he lost his father at an
early age. His career started growing
under the guidance of his maternal
uncles. His grand father Bhagban Mishra
and grand mother Apanna Devi rightly
brought him up with moral and spiritual
To his and
L.L.B degrees from Utkal University he
subsequently added the Sangeet Visharad
from Akhil Bharat Gandharva
Mahavidyalaya, Maharastra under the
guidance of Pt. Markandeya Mohapatra ,
Odissi Music from noted gurus of Puri
and had deep culture in it. His
professional Career in music took off in
1960 and he rapidly established himself
as an acclaimed A-Grade Vocalist ,
Composer and Lyricist for All India
ACHIEVEMENTS IN FILM MUSIC
Kar has directed the music of an amazing
for more than 70 Oriya Films (Released
an non-released) as well as Four Bengali
films. For his outstanding contributions
to the field of Film music, the Govt. of
Orissa has honoured Sri Kar with Best
Dir3ector Award for Oriya films on eight
occasions . out of which six were given
on consecutive occasions , a record
achievements even at the National level.
Best Music Director
this feat, he earned recognition as a
celebrity and was honoured by the Cine-
Musicians – Union , Chennai . In 1978
the Govt. of Orissa awarded him as the
Best Play Back Singer for the Oriya Film
BALIDAN AND THE Critic Circle of India
awarded the Best Music Director Award to
Shri Kar in 1980 for the Oriya film
“RAMAYANA”. Today he “is a colossus in
the world of pan Indian Music”
his music direction in film many play
back singers of National repute like
Anuradha Paudwal ,Usha Mangeskar, Kavita
Wadkar,Md.Aziz,Kishore Kumar, Amit
Kumar, etc (from Mumbai)-Vani Jairam ,
S.Janaki, P. Sushila, Chitra,
Swaranalata, Yesu Das, S.P.
Balsubramanyam, Manu, etc.(from Chenni)-
Arati Mukarjee, Nirmala Mishra, Sipra
Bose, Ajaya Chakrabarty, Haimayanti
Sukla, etc. (from Kolkata) have rendered
their voice for Oriya and Bengali Films.
He has introduced more than twenty
playback singers of Orissa in his film.
over six eminent play back singers have
been awarded the Best Play Back Singers
Award by the Govt. of Orissa Under his
music direction over the years.
Pattanaik ,for the film SINDURA
BINDU & TAPASYA
Raghunath Panigrahi, for the film
Praffula Kar, for the film BALIDAN.
Chakrabarty, for the film , SCHOOL
Jairam, for the film DEVJANI.
Dash, for the film GRUHA LAXMI.
ACHIEVEMENTS IN NON FILM MUSIC
Praffula Kar has recorded hundreds
of disks, cassettes and CDs for
different Companies, Govt of Orissa
and Music Institutions, Notable
among them are:
Oriya Bhagabat-(Set of seven
cassettes published by H.M.V)
Oriya Chhanda- (Rare traditional
songs of Orissa in set of three
cassette published by Orissi
Krutanjali- (an album sung by a team
of BLIND SINGERS of Orissa, a
pioneering endeavor for the
handicapped in the field of music
for the first time in India-by H.M.V.)
Patriotic songs- (written by then
eminent Freedom Fighters of Orissa –
by Govt. of Orissa and also by
Sangget Natak Academi, Orissa.
Collection of Geet Govindam of
Jayadev- (rendered by Vani Jairam-
published by Vani Music Company,
Devotional numbers of Anuradha
Paudwal –(Prabhukrupa, which had a
record breaking sale for more than
ten lacs of cassettes as a regional
number, published by T-Series, then
followed by other landmark numbers
like Prabhu Jatra, Sri Jagannath
Saranam, Radhika Boile, etc.
Praffula Kar’s association with the
plastic arts has been long and
compose the music for numerous Orissi
Dance Drama, Ballet and music for Orissi
Dance form. Notable among these are the
Choreographed by: Title
Bibhusan Guru a) Jangyaseni (Ballet)
Ch. Mohapatra b) Labanyabati
Sarmila Biswas a) Sampurna
Kumkum Mohanty a)Devi Nrutya
Gangadhar Pradhan a) Mana Bhanjan
Citaristi a) Siba
Bakula Bharan Pallavi
Sandhya Deepa Kar a) Malashri
ACHIEVEMENTS AS A LYRICIST & WRITER
Written thousands of hit songs for each
of his films, commercial records
,cassettes and CDs. He has established
him self as a ‘A’ Grade own Odissi Dance
ballets and Odissi Drama . His books
published, compiles of selected
devotional Lyrics titled as “Aniya Mala”
and “krupajala,” and a dedication to
Oriya literature . His creative writings
has been highly acclaimed by the eminent
writers and people of Orissa.
HONOURARY POSITIONS & JURY IN DIFFERENT
the achievements in his field, Sri Kar
is also involved as a important member
and jury in different institutions,
notables among them are:
Shree Khetra Kala Prakshika ,Puri.
only Music Director of Orissa who was
Formerly Vice- President of
presently continuing as an active life
only Music Director of Orissa to be a
life member of The Indian Performing
Right Society Ltd. Mumbai.
–National Scholarship board examination
conducted by The Center for Cultural
Resources & Training, New Delhi.
–National Scholarship board examination
for different artist conducted by
Ministry Audition Board, Cuttack.
India Redio Audition Board, Cuttack.
Academic Council of University of
expert committee board for formation of
Odissi Classical Music conducted by
Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneswar
Orissa Sahitya Academy Award, Orissa.
PERFORMANCES AT ABROAD
his extensive tour in India, Praffula
Kar has represented India many times to
promote Indian and Specially Odissi
Music in foreign countries.
Sri Kar is
currently involved in research on Odissi
Music in an effort to establish it as
recognized classical Music form of India
. He is also trying to bring out the
young talented singers of the state in
order to establish them in the national
Music Scenario through his institution “Sanskar”.
interest include painting, creating
writing and traditional gourmet Oriya