Akshaya Kumar Mohanty:
Akshaya Kumar Mohanty (Khoka Bhai), was an one line was a Singer, Music Composer, Lyricist and Director.
Mr. Mohanty had composed around thousand + songs and penned hundreds of super hit evergreen Odia (Oriya) songs. During Fifties he started his journey as a musician commenced with his interest in Odia (Oriya) music.
Biography & Career Profile:
Khoka Bhai was born on October 12, 1937. At the age of 22, he joined Govt. Job at Cuttack, Odisha. But after 7 years he gave resign from his job to devote full time to Odia (Oriya) music.
He commenced his playback singing career with the song “Gori Gori Gori” in the year 1959 from the Odia (Oriya) Movie “Maa”. By Sixties, without any such formal education in music, he had established himself as a one of most popular singer in Odia (Oriya) music. Lack of proper training gave him a chance to explore himself and to be more creative.
He was a pioneer of non-film modern Odia (Oriya) songs, basically based on contemporary themes and ballads based on popular legends in Odisha (Orissa). Apart from this he has also penned a few Odia (Oriya) novels, Odia short stories, poems etc. He had also co-directed a Odia (Oriya) movie and has also acted in three Cinemas.
Some of his popular songs are ‘Kene Gheni Jauchha Jagannathanku’, ‘Saata Daria Paare’, ‘He Phaguna Tume’, ‘Raja Jhia Sange’, ‘Rakata Tala Mala’, ‘Chakori Jhara’anaa Luha’. Akshaya Mohanty also has acted in 3 movies and co-directed a movie.
He was married to Prabina Mohanty in 1967. He has two sons and two daughters. His son, Chitrabhanu Mohanty is a stage singer.
Awards & Achievements:
He has won many millions of hearts of Odia people and also bagged many awards for his perseverance and skill. He bagged the “Jayadev Award” : the highest State Award in the Odia (Oriya) movies. He has also won the State Award for “Best Playback Singer” 7 times and State Award for “Best Composer” 2 times. Apart from this he has also received many awards from “Odisha (Orissa) Cinecritic Association” and has established himself as the most skilled, innovative and Instant Artist as a geniuses of modern Odisha (Orissa).