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- Stalwarts add life to Rabindra Mandap with classical notes

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 11: The three-day long annual music festival dedicated to Odissi classical music presented a series of memorable recitals.

The Odisha tourism and culture department organised the festival that was concluded yesterday at Rabindra Mandap.

Odissi musician, Pandit Damodar Hota, rendered the distinctive Udra Padhatiya music on the final evening of the festival. He started with raga Nata Kalyan. Hota then presented Aaji e ki gumanare composed by poet Tribhanga. While the veteran’s matchless style of rendition kept the audience engrossed, the young Rupak Parida stole many hearts with his recital of Asi ghana kala hoilare — a celebrated composition of poet Upendra Bhanja, based on raga Kamodi. Sangita Gosain as always regaled the crowd while instrumentalists Satchidananda Das, Arup Das and Muralidhar Swain presented a symphony of Odissi instruments.

On the opening day, Odissi music guru Biswanath Puja Panda gave a befitting start. The septuagenarian, known for upholding the age-old Jaga Akhada tradition of music in Puri, presented a repertoire. From devotional to romantic, the musician performed a wide range of songs. Naba nabina shyama jhure on raga Maru Bihag and a composition of poet Baladeb Rath, To gheni tamala shyama, were some of Panda’s presentations.

Singer Bharati Jena also fascinated the audience with another repertoire. Depicting Radha-Krishna romance, the song Sajani tora dharuchhi kara on raga Baradi and Sumanaku kali mana on Mishra raga, were striking. Young vocalist Binod Bihari Panda and flautist Mohini Mohan Patnaik presented enchanting recitals.

On Wednesday, the voice of Arati Mishra and the enchanting performance by Bijay Kumar Jena cast a spell on the audience. Flautist Abhiram Nanda left the listeners charmed while there were impressive renditions by Kartik Chandra Sahoo, Swapneswar Chakraborty and flautist Srinivas Satpathy.