“Samarpan-2018” – A Festival of Sufiana and Other Devotional Music


Bhubaneswar: The 3-day long Sufi Music Festival “Samarpan”, organised by Bhubaneswar Music Circle and Odisha Tourism concluded on Wednesday at Rabindra Mandap after regaling connoisseurs in the city with their renditions.

The sixth edition of the festival showcased performances by some of the most revered names in Sufi music. Since concerts in this genre of music is rare in Odisha, the festival won over the hearts of music lovers by presenting a cross section of devotional music drawn from the Sufi tradition as well as others with similar philosophy.

The first performance of the inaugural evening was Abhangs by Shri Omkar Dadarkar. Abhangs, is a form of devotional Poetry sung in the praise of Lord Vitthala or Vithoba with shrine at Pandharpur in Maharashtra. Abhangs are exuberant expressions of community experience as opposed to Bhajans, which focus more on the inward journey. He was accompanied on Tabla by Shri Ashok Mukherjee, on Harmonium by Shri Anirban Chakraborty and on Flute by Shri Paramanand Roy.

Last presentation of the inaugural evening was Shagun & Nirgun – Sufi Musings by Pt. Raja Kale. Shagun traditions believe in the Material form of God, whereas Nirgun tradition believes that the Almighty is formless. He was accompanied by Harmonium – Shri Shyam Sundar Joshi, Pakhawaj – Shri Satchidananda Das, Tabla – Shri Sarat Pani and Manjira – Shri Arup Das.

The 2nd evening started with Odia Bhajans by Dr. Bijay Kumar Jena & Group. Other singers who Dr. Jena are Smt. Harapriya Swain, Smt. Gita Manjari Behera, Shri Sushant Panda and Smt. Sangitanjali Nanda. They were accompanied on Tabla by Shri Ajay Kumar Chaudhury, on Keyboard by Shri Balaram Bal, on Flute by Shri Srinivas Satpathy and on Percussion by Shri Tapas Kumar Sahu.

The concluding presentation of the second evening was Poetry of Vidyapati by Dr. Ranjana Jha. She was accompanied on Tabla – Shri Sanjay Kumar Thakur, Flute – Shri Jabahar Mishra and Sitar – Shri Swapneswar Chakraborty.

The first presentation of the concluding evening was Bulleh Shah’s poetry “Ki Jaana Main Kaun” by Ms. Radhika Sood Nayak.

The concluding performance of the festival was Sufi qawwali by the well-known Warsi Brothers.