Dignitaries at the second evening of Rajarani Music Festival
Dignitaries at the second evening of Rajarani Music Festival
Bhubaneswar: The pleasant weather with soothing cold in the evening at the verdant premises of the magnificent Rajarani temple bedcked with colourful lights and applique works synchronized with enchanting and sonorous music by great stalwarts attributed to a large gathering on the second day of Rajarani Music Festival.

Pandit Dr. Damodar Hota performing at the second evening
Pandit Dr. Damodar Hota performing at the second evening
The evening’s first programme was Odissi vocal recital by the great singer, scholar and a versatile artiste Pandit Dr. Damodar Hota who has been consistently endeavouring to promote Odissi with its intricate singing style (Gayaki) under the nomenclature of Üdra Padhatiya Sangita. His first recital was ‘Dekha Shree Jagannathanku’ then ‘Chaturanga Odissi (Vira Vesa Go)’ followed by ‘Tribhanga (Tajham Ta Ta Jhum)’ set to ‘Rag Kokila Tal Adatali’.

Pandit Dr. Damodar Hota performing at the second evening of  the festival
Pandit Dr. Damodar Hota performing at the second evening of the festival
In the second phase Dr. Hota presented ‘Siva Bandana (Bam Bam Hara Hara)’ set to Rag Natakalyani Tala Ekatali and Odissi song ‘Dekhiba Para Aasare’ set to Rag Kalyani Tala Sariman. In the third and last phase of his Odissi recital Pandit Hota sang ‘Prana Sangini Re Kali Mu Ki Laje Sadhili’ written by Kavi Banamali set to Rag Abherika and Tala Adatali. He was accompained on Mardala by Guru Jayadev Giri, on Harmonium Guru Prasanta Kumar Rath, on violin Guru Baidhara Rout and on Tanpura and Vocal support Kalpana Padhy, Pranati Behera and Guru Krushna Chandra Das. The presentation by Dr. Hota was marked by the flawless elaboration of Ragas, creativity and embellishment of the Ideation and beautiful melody and perfect layakaris.

Violin Maestros Pt.Ganesh and Kumaresh performing at the second evening
Violin Maestros Pt.Ganesh and Kumaresh performing at the second evening
In the second phase noted Carnatic violin maestros Pandit Ganesh & Kumaresh presented Rag Maya Malaba Gauda followed by Fusion Music showcasing the intricacies of Carnatic Music, the weaving of svara patterns in different tempos, rhythms and gaits in the given tala, developed variations creating aesthetics in melodic theme developed from simplicity to complexity increasing embellishment and dynamics. The decorative elements are very judiciously applied so as to enhance the beauty of the compositions. The duo artistes who enthralled the audience were accompained on Mrudangam Shri R. Ramesh and on Ghatam Shri Trichy Krishna.

The dignitaries who graced the occasion were Pandit Umesh Kar eminent Tabla Guru, Shri A. K. Tripathy, IAS, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Guru Aruna Mohanty and Shri Bijay Nayak, Secretary, OSNA.

Shri Baladev Maharatha capturing the musical recitation on the canvas
Shri Baladev Maharatha capturing the musical recitation 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.