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Raghunath Panigrahi (born in 1934) is an indian musician famous for his orissian style interpretation of the Gita Govinda.

Gita Govinda (or Geeta Govinda) is an important 12th century sanskrit epic poem, composed by saint poet Jayadev, describing the relationship between Krishna and the gopis - female cow herders - of Vrindavana.
Raghunath Panigrahi is responsible for making this known across the globe.

He learnt from his father the classical way of singing Gita Govinda, as preserved in the temple of Jagannatha in Puri (Orissa). A regular artist of the All India Radio since 1948, Raghunath Panigrahi has undertaken with his troupe several national and international tours. Having lent his voice in playback to several films produced in Orissa and in the South of India, Raghunath is one of the most genuine interpreters of the Gita Govinda. Highly respected and awarded, honoured by the French Government in 1976, he has been singing and composing for the past 50 years.

After his wife’s passing, and in honour of her, Rajunath Panigrahi formed a trust in her name, ‘Sanjukta Panigrahi Memorial Trust’, in 1999, to promote the cause of Odissi dance. Since 2001, every year on her birth anniversary, the trust has been giving away scholarships to budding dancers, and awards excellence in the field of Odissi dance.

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