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Bhikari Bal

Name

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Bhikari Bal

Address

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Cuttack, Odisha

City

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Kendrapada

State

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Odisha

Country

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India

Details

 

Bhikari Bal (1929 –2010), better known as Bhajan Samrat to the people of Odisha.Bhikari Bal was born in Kendrapara district in the state of Odisha, India. His parents, Ramachandra Bal and Gellharani Devi, died when he was very young.Bhikari Bal took the job of an Orissi vocalaist at the Kalabikash Kendra, Cuttack. In early 1960s, Bhikari Bal was a struggling artist. Because of his connection to the Kalabikash Kendra, he came to the attention of Kalicharan Pattanayak, the patron saint of anything Odissi and also a well established singer Balakrushna Das. His voice was refined under the tutelage of Odissi maestro Balakrushna Das. This was the period of struggle for him with the late singer constantly trying for a break in All India Radio, Cuttack. He became an A-grade singer there in 1963 after he received rave reviews for his first broadcast song Prana mitani bareh chahan re. But his popularity grew with Kotha bhoga khia,Sathie pauthi bhogaru tumara and other such devotional songs in the early ’70s.

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