Bhubaneswar, May 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of eminent sculptor and Rajya Sabha member Padma Vibhushan Raghunath Mohapatra.
Mohapatra was admitted to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar after being diagnosed with Covid-19 on May 6. However, he died today at the age of 78.
“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,” tweeted the PM.
Modi on Thursday had spoken to the son of Mohapatra enquiring about his health condition.
Mohapatra was awarded Padma Shri in 1975 and Padma Bhushan in 2001. He was also awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2013.