PRANAB BHAI DESERVES MUCH MORE
27/11/17: Extremely happy to know that famous singer Pranab Patnaik , who is a brother to me would be awarded with "Jayadev Puraskar" for his life-long contribution to Odia music. Though Pranab Bhai deserved this recognisation much earlier, now we can justify saying " better late than never".
Pranab Bhai is close to my heart since around fifty years, when I was a student of Ravenshaw College. His elder brorther Deba Patnaik taught us English literature and was a loving personality.
Pranab Bhai's wife Kasturika Bhauja was though junior to me in Ravenshaw College, after her marriage to Pranab Bhai she loved me like her younger brother. Chandraprava and myself virtually necame a part of Pranab Bhai's family and shared joys and sorrows.
I was sorry to see while much younger people were getting recognisation at the State and National level , Pranab Bhai was not given his legitimate dues like Padma award,
Chanraorava and me were deeply in love with Pranab Bhai and Kasturika Bhauja on every occasion they had stood with us . The enclosed photo was taken when Pranab Bhai visited us on the ekadasaha of my mother and consoled me and Chadraprava. .....He and Bhauja were extremely broken and were in tears to hear the sad demise of Chnadraprava on 17th February 2017 and since then use to console menarrating their love for her. I am sure Chandraprava would have been happiest person on the earth to hear about the great honour for Pranab Bhai.