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Rain of ragas casts a spell

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 9: The two-day Odissi Music festival held at Jayadev Bhavan was a beautiful mélange of classical and folk renditions.

Organised by Shruti cultural organisation, the seventh year of the annual event brought together some of the stalwarts of Odissi classical and folk music.

The first evening of the musical night saw a flow of melodious and enchanting ragas, champu and chanda. Vocalist Rupak Kumar Parida gave a good start to the concert with a delightful Barasa rasa naina based on raga Madhyabali in raganga segment — the aspect of Odissi music based purely on ragas.

The singer’s transition to different modes and notes were smooth and his voice added depth to the musical piece. His second performance was from an excerpt of legendary poet Baladev Rath’s Leela nidhi he.

The composition on champu beautifully manifested the romance and playfulness of Radha-Krishna on the riverbeds of Yamuna.

The audience gave a big round of applause to show their appreciation as the singer finished his magical ensemble.

Another singer to enthral the audience was Haripriya Swain, who sang a romantic couplet from Geeta Govinda, Sakhi he kesi mathana mudaram. Eminent singer Shyamamani Devi also presented the audience some of the best pieces from her repertoire of classical music.

The first evening concluded with a chorus song performed by 10 singers of Shruti. The group performed on the theme of Dasavatar. There was a touch of fusion in this rendition that included modern elements in the traditional piece.

Veteran violinist Prafulla Kumar Roy was awarded Pandit Bhubaneswar Mishra Smruti Samman and Odissi dancer Pushpita Mishra was felicitated with Sanjukta Pratibha Samman.