Tapu Mishra, famed Odia singer, died due to post-COVID complications while undergoing treatment at a private hospital here, family sources said on June 20. She was 36.
The singer breathed her last on the night of June 19. She was put on ventilator support two days ago after her oxygen level dropped to 45. Her lungs also suffered extensive damages. Hospital sources said she was admitted on May 19.
Her father also succumbed to COVID-19 on May 10.
The Ministry of Culture sanctioned ₹1,00,000 for her treatment from the Artiste Welfare Fund as her family members planned to shift her to Kolkata for an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment, according to sources.
The Odia film industry, or Ollywood, also started raising funds to treat Mishra.
Debuting in Odia film Kulanandan, Mishra had lent her melodious voice in over 150 movies. She had also sung many bhajans during her career that spanned over two decades.
Condolences poured in from different quarters as soon as the news of her death spread across the state.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted, “Saddened to know about the passing away of popular Odia singer Tapu Mishra. Her memories as a singer will always be remembered in Odia music world. Heartfelt condolence to her family and friends.”
ଲୋକପ୍ରିୟ କଣ୍ଠଶିଳ୍ପୀ ତପୁ ମିଶ୍ରଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ଓଡ଼ିଆ ସଙ୍ଗୀତ ଜଗତରେ ସେ ସ୍ଥାପନ କରିଥିବା କୀର୍ତ୍ତି ସର୍ବଦା ତାଙ୍କୁ ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ କରି ରଖିବ। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିବା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାର ସଦସ୍ୟଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତି ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି।
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) June 20, 2021