Guests at the inaugural evening of the festival
Guests at the inaugural evening of the festival
Bhubaneswar: With the spring setting in, the 11th Century AD, the famous Rajarani temple vibrated with the symphony of enchanting Indian classical music presented by the noted artistes of National and International repute on the inaugural evening of the festival on Wednesday.

The evening’s first programme was Odissi recital in Raganga Phase, a song Mahimandana Tu Namara Marare written by Kavi Surya Baladev Rath set to Rag Margavihara and Tala Ektali. it was followed by in Äaua Kaha Kara Dharibi written by Kavi Samrat Upendra Bhanja set to Rag Mukhari and Tala Jati. In Dhruba Padanga Phase the Guru-Sishya duo presented a traditional composition “Prana Sajani Kehi Banchiba Jamini” set to Rag Kedara Kamodi and Tala Tripata. This traditional Prabandha was marked by elegantly rendered Anibadha Alapa and Swara Bistara. This was followed by Pallavi set to Rag Khamaj and Tal Khemta.

Odissi recital by Guru-Sishya duo Shri Das and Guru Shri Jena
Odissi recital by Guru-Sishya duo Shri Das and Guru Shri Jena

The next presentation was Chhanda, an important stream of Odissi Music in which the duo presented a song “Äare Babu Samaghana Tu Gale Madhubana” written by Kavi Gopal Krushna based on Batshalya Rasa. The conluding item was Janana, a devotional rendering typical of Odissi music “Dinabandhu Daitari” written by Kavi Banamali. The Odissi songs presented by Guru Shri Das and Guru Shri Jena were marked with remarkable euphony and variegated graceful embellishment punctuated by indigenous rhythmic patterns. The music lovers present were deeply engrossed by the superb and impeccable elaboration of different Rags and musical patterns, clear tonal quality and musical renderings. Their presentation was highly applauded for it was intellectually satisfying and emotionally appealing.

Pandit O.S Arun performing at the festival
Pandit O.S Arun performing at the festival
The evening’s second artiste was Pandit O. S. Arun, a great Carnatic singer, composer and playback singer of National repute, who by his mellifluous and sonorous voice recited Ganapati Bandana written by Muthuswami Dikshitar followed by the two songs set to Rag Hansadhwani and Tala Aditala and Ragshree set to Aditala. The deleneation of Raga giving full vent to his imagination based on the musical notes with an eclectic and comphersive description by Pandit O.S.Arun regaled the audience.

Dignitaries who graced the ocassion in the inaugural evening of the festival
Dignitaries who graced the ocassion in the inaugural evening of the festival
The dignitaries who graced the inaugural function were eminent flutist Padma Bibhusana Shri Hari Prasad Chourasia, noted Singer Shri Prafulla Kar, USA Ambassador to India Mr. Peter Balley, Smt. Aruna Mohanty, Vice President, OSNA, Shri Ashok Kumar Tripathy, IAS, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Culture Department, Shri H. S. Upadhyay, IFS, Director, Tourism and Shri Sunil Kumar Das, Director, Culture.

Shri Baladev Maharatha capturing the musical recitations on the canvas
Shri Baladev Maharatha capturing the musical recitations on the canvas
The musical recitations were thematically and beautifully captured on the canvas by the great painter Shri Baladev Maharatha. The programme was conducted by Er. Shrinivas Ghatuari and Miss Adyasha Mohapatra.

On behalf of Department of Tourism & Culture, Government of Odisha, the Odisha Sangeet Natak Academi organises this unique festival of classical music on the lush green ambience in the precinct of the magnificent Rajarani Temple. The festival will conclude on January 20, 2012.