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Classical renditions rain at soiree

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 21: Doyens of Odissi and Carnatic forms of Indian classical music left listeners spellbound at the three-day Rajarani Music Festival that concluded in the city on Sunday evening.

The state tourism and culture department organised the event.

On Sunday, singer and classical vocalist Kavita Krishnamurthy Subramaniam enchanted the audience. She, along with her husband, violin exponent L. Subramaniam and their youngest son and daughter regaled the viewers with a versatile repertoire. The artistes started off with a couple of devotional songs followed by some classical vocal recitals.

This is the second time Im here in Bhubaneswar and Im absolutely delighted to be performing at this festival. When I had come here last, I was not a playback singer then and was a part of legendary singer Manna Das troupe, said Kavita.

We always love to perform at new venues. This magnificent backdrop of the centuries old temple is a masterpiece and I feel I am lucky to be here, she said.

Talking about playback singing for films she said music directors these days were busy finding younger talents but whenever a chance comes along she would be happy to lend her voice.

Earlier, Odissi musician Ramahari Das had performed a Gita Govinda composition, Sakhi he keshi mathana mudaram, and a number of traditional songs such as Kare Dekhare Tejare Khanjana Nayana and Mohane Deli Chahin Aago Priya Sahi.

On the opening day, the event showcased classical vocalist Shyamamani Devi of Cuttack and Mandolin player U. Srinivas, apart from mardala exponent Banamali Maharana and Carnatic vocalist M. Balamuralikrishnan.

The programme is a wonderful platform to establish the classical nature of Odissi music. Moreover, it also lets the music lovers in the city witness and experience performances by great artistes, said Ramahari Das.

The music festival was hosted from January 18 to 20. Veteran painter Baladev Maharatha thematically captured the musical recitations on the canvas.

By the concluding day, the festival witnessed 6,632 domestic and 96 foreign audiences, said a tourism department official.