Dignitaries at the third evening of Rajarani Music Festival
Dignitaries at the third evening of Rajarani Music Festival

Bhubaneswar: The concluding evening at the Rajarani temple on Friday witnessed scintillating performance on Odissi percussion instruments led by eminent Mardal player Guru Dhaneswar Swain and Hindustani Vocal by Internationally acclaimed Hindustani vocalist duo brothers Padma Bhusan Pandit Rajan and Sajan Mishra, who say “While singing they have two bodies but one soul.”

Evening’s first programme was Brunda Mardala Badana by Guru Dhaneswar Swain and his disciples, who played Aditala of 16 beats producing different layakaris punctuated with Bols(rhythmic syllables) or Ukutas with special use of traditional musical phases like Khandi, Gadi, Arasa, Mana, Bhaunri Mana, Chhaka mana, Jamana with different Layakaris, Chaturgati Ragada and Chhanda Prakarana which produce special striking structure typical to Odissi Music.

Padmabhushan pt.Rajan & Saja at the third evening of Rajarani Music festival
Padmabhushan pt.Rajan & Saja at the third evening of Rajarani Music festival

In the second phase Guru Shri Swain presented Trital of 16-beats punctuated with typical musical renderings using uthana, elaboration of Dharana, Jati, Chakradar, Biram, Abiram, Lagana Mana, Bira Mana, Kaida, Sabdaswar Pata and Rela having different layas and chhandas. This unique ensemble of indigenous musical instruments was well orchestrated with Mardal, Mabla, Tikira, Khanjani, Khol, Nal, Jhanja, Ghungura, Manjira, Dhol and Jhumka. He has used the traditional rhythm patterns to create a unique rhythm which started with a sonorous melody and culminated with a crescendo. The rhythm and the beats perfectly synchronized with the Bols in conformity with different notations produced a melody that delighted the music lovers which filled the hearts of the audience with new excitements and emotions.

Guru Shri Swain was accompanied by Guru Rankanidhi Pradhan on Tabla, Ajay Choudhury on Khanjani, Baibhaba Kumar on Dholak, Kalindi Charan Parida on Khol, Budhanath Swain on Mardal, Rajendra Swain and Surendra Tripathy on Harmonium, Shri Sanjeev Kundu on Violin, Shri Rabi Naryan Barik on Jodi Nagara and Shri Biswaranjan Nanda on Tabla.

Evening’s second programme was a Bandish “Kabana Gatvai Mori Piya Na Puchhe Ekaibar” set to raga Bageshree, followed by two Bhajans, “Sadha Raseo and Ab Krupa Karo Ram Nam Se Dukh Talo”.

Dignitaries who graced the ocassion in the concluded of the festival
Dignitaries who graced the ocassion in the concluded of the festival

The programme was marked with step-by-step elaboration in Bilambita and Drutalaya giving scope for vocal embellishments, simpler and softer movement from one note to other. While executing intricate tans and sargams, their wide ranging mellifluous voice, combined with masterly command over the technique translated their highest flight of imagination into sublime music.

Tabla player Sohanlal Mishra, Sumit Mishra on Harmonium and Santosh Kumar Panda on Tanpura, who accompanied the duo, also arrested the attention of the audience.

The dignitaries who graced the occasion were Guru Gopal Chandra Panda eminent Musician, Dr. Aurobindo Behera, IAS, Member Board of Revenue, Shri H S Upadhyay, IFS, Director, Tourism, Shri S K Das, Director, Culture and Shri Bijay Kumar Nayak, Secretary, OSNA

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.