Today marks the 81st birth anniversary of legendary singer, lyricist and musician Akshaya Mohanty, popularly known as Khoka Bhai. Based primarily on contemporary themes and ballads of Odia legends, Khoka Bhai made several contributions to Odia Bhajans, Odissi songs, folk songs and film songs.
Unlike many of our modern stars, Khoka Bhai didn’t record his first song until he was 50. At 22, he was working for government services in Cuttack. While he was still working there, he became a lyricist in All India Radio in 1956 and soon became an approved composer there.
His first song as a playback singer was Gori Gori Gori in the 1959 Odia movie Maa. Khoka Bhai is credited with 129 songs in Odia films. In 1965, he worked as a composer with filmmaker Nitai Palit for the movie Malayan. Rakata Talamala, a song from the film topped the charts.
According to a report in The Telegraph, Mustaque Nadiadwala from the Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment based in Mumbai, was reportedly in talks with the Akshaya Mohanty Trust to produce a biography on the genius. Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment is associated with Bollywood films like the Housefull series, 2 States and Phantom. The proposed name of Khoka Bhai’s biopic is ‘He Phaguna Tume’.
Here’s how twitter is celebrating his birthday:
Remembering one of the Finest singers of all time.
— News of Odisha 🇮🇳 (@newsoforissa) October 12, 2017
Imagine 70 n 80's Odia Cinema without #KhokaBhai.
— Dr RR Sahoo (@srrashmi1) October 12, 2017
In Maa, his first film as a singer, #KhokaBhai gave three super hits – Nia nia nia babu, Gori gori gori and Dhire dhire chale Rai.
— Odia Culture (@OdiaCulture) October 12, 2017
Today is the birth anniversary of AkshayMohanty,the stalwart of Odia Music,Odia Movies & literature.An embodiment of Odia-ness. #KhokaBhai
— Harabilash Panigrahi (@chefficiency) October 11, 2017
No one can match his voice , his melody and his emotions. Akshaya Mohanty #KhokaBhai
— Anand (@ACrazy_boy) October 11, 2017
— Odia Culture (@OdiaCulture) October 11, 2017
— ashish sarangi (@ashishsarangi) October 11, 2017
The more I listen to #KhokaBhai , the more he grows in stature for me.. The man was so much ahead of his time
— Harabilash Panigrahi (@chefficiency) October 12, 2017
Tune & Lyrics together in an unmatched voice.
Mu Premika Diganta'ra
Marichika Priya MoraBhalaPae Bhulijae
NitiDina KhelaMora#KhokaBhai— Bishnu Misra (@bapun1) October 12, 2017