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Patriotic songs regale audience

- Artistes perform popular nationalistic Hindi numbers at Bharatiyam

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 27: Patriotic feelings reverberated at the Rabindra Mandap as eminent singers presented some of the most celebrated nationalistic songs on the occasion of the Republic Day.

The second edition of the musical evening, Bharatiyam, received great appreciation from city residents.

From evergreen touching Hindi songs such as Hai preet jahanki reet sada, Chhodo kal ki baatien, Tu mera karma, tu mera dharma to recent patriotic numbers such as Yeh mera India veteran singers such as Gita Patnaik, Saurav Nayak and young singers such as Nazia Alam presented a wide range of film songs on the theme.

There were also Odia patriotic songs such as Matirlagi karsun aame (Sambalpuri), Ame tiki tiki phula, He Bapu, tumaku pranama and many more that were performed by renowned names such as Dukhisyam Tripathy, Harapriya Swain, Shantilata Chhotaray, Preetinanda Routray and many others. Nazia, Prafulla Kar’s son Mahaprasad Kar and a very young Sarbeswar Baitharu also regaled the viewers.

Among musicians were Sarat Pani and Premashankar Dash on the tabla, Barada Patnaik and Balaram Bal on the keyboard, Sudeep Jena on the guitar, M. Simadre on the saxophone and Basant Thiady and Abanikanta Das on the octopad and the Tango respectively.

The first edition of Bharatiyam was organized on August 15 last year to observe the Independence Day, in which Laxmikant Palit’s troupe had performed.

“Music has the power to join hearts and awaken a sense of patriotism among the younger generation as well as to safeguard the cultural unity, integrity and sovereignty of our motherland,” said Chitta Ranjan Mallia, secretary of the Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi that organised the show along with the department of culture and tourism.