Evening of hit songs

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  • Published 3.06.14

Bhubaneswar, June 2: The crème de la crème of the state’s cultural circuit gathered at Rabindra Mandap on Sunday evening to celebrate the musical odyssey of eminent music composer Shantanu Mohapatra.

The presence of singer Anuradha Paudwal and filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta, who were felicitated on the occasion, added extra shimmer to the glittering night. Organised by cultural group Aangika, the musical event was named Sangeet Shantanu.

Promising singer Antara Chakroborty commenced the colourful programme with Sei chuna chuna, originally sung by Lata Mangeshkar. She was followed by veteran singer Pranab Patnaik who sang the evergreen song Tuma gaan mahumachhi. While Debashis Mohapatra lent his voice to the Mohammed Rafi number Mayuri go, youngster Sohini Mishra did justice to Mu jibi. Noted singer Laxmikant Palit, his wife Bidyutprava and their two sons — Bandish and Randeep — too, paid tribute to the man who composed around 2,000 songs in Odia, Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Assamese and Sanskrit.

Paudwal, who is best known for her bhajans, sang Kete je sukha that she had sung for the film Mukti Tirtha. She thanked Mohapatra for giving her many Odia songs to croon. On the sidelines of the event, she told The Telegraph that shifting to devotional songs changed the course of her life for the better.

“I always had an inclination towards spiritualism. Bollywood music is more about producing hit songs while when I hear my songs being played in temples and other religious congregations, I feel content,” said the singer, whose career began with Amitabh-Jaya bachchan-starrer Abhimaan. Filmmaker Dasgupta also praised Mohapatra expressing the latter’s commitment for his work. “He always believed in giving his hundred per cent,” said the director of several national award winning films.

While Shantanu walked from one corner of the auditorium to another to meet old friends such as composer Guru Krushna Goswami, actor Prasant Nanda and filmmaker Raju Mishra, hordes of budding artistes came to seek his blessings. Many fans sought to get a picture clicked with him. “Such gestures are overwhelming. The fact that people fondly remember my contributions to Odia music is very touching,” said Mohapatra.