Bhubaneswar: 25th OMC Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival 2019 started on September 6th was a memorable confluence of stellar music and dance performances, featuring the Classical Music Fusion.
On the third evening, the programme commenced with the traditional lighting of the lamp by esteemed dignitaries, Suresh Chandra Hota, Director, Biju Patnaik International Airport, Debashish Pattnaik, Director, The Crown and Ratikant Mohapatra, Director, Srjan.
First was the Hindustani Music recital by renowned Sarangi exponent Sabir Khan accompanied by young and versatile Tabla player Ishaan Ghosh. They began their recital with an invocation. Sabir Khan’s performance displayed sheer brilliance in musical improvisations with sustained melodic and rhythmic patterns, while Ishaan Ghosh’s effortless percussion play portrayed his versatility and perfection in articulating complex rhythmic patterns. Exploring novel interpretations of Sarangi playing, Sabir Khan delved into the nuances of the beautiful Vachaspati Raag. With its celebratory notes, this raag invoked a feeling both of happiness and gaeity. In their recital, they also explored folk and Rajasthani compositions.
The fourth evening of the award festival is yet another wonderful confluence of music and dance with performances lined up by famed Hindustani musicians Indrani Mukherjee, Apurba Mukherjee accompanied by Gourav Chatterjee, followed by Odissi group presentations by Tridhara, from Bhubaneswar, led by Gajendra Panda and Soor Mandir from Cuttack led by Jyotsna Rani Sahoo.