‘Music in Park’ to enthral aficionados in Utkal Divas

Bhubaneswar: In a refreshing break from practice, Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) will be showcasing Odissi music to commemorate 82nd formation of Odisha as a separate state.

As functions of different forms will mark the observance of Utkal Divas elsewhere, the recital of Odissi music to enthral the music aficionados would be the added attraction of BDA.

Music in Park, the signature project initiative of BDA to promote quality music, will have Odissi music recital by the local artists and musicians on the eve of the famous occasion on March 31 at Indira Gandhi Park, this Friday.

The other attraction of the Music in Park programme, however, is Anoop Misra, eminent classical singer from Banaras Gharana. He will be accompanied by Aryan Misra (Vocal), Simanchal Maharana (Tabla), Pranaya Kumar Palei (Harmonium), Sumanta Maharana and Santoash Kumar Dash on Tanpura.

The Odissi music performance, on the other hand, will be done in four phases, i.e. Jagannath Astakam by Sankaracharya, Raganga Parjaya  (session) with Raga  Bajra Kanti and Tala Eka Tali and song “Nikunje Jaana Braja Jubaraja Kanha’’. The lyricist is Kabi Loknath Rath.  The Natyanga Parjaya (session) with Raga Pilu (Mishra) and Tala Khemata and song “Barijakshi Manaru Mana Baridere’’ with lyrics by Kabi Surya Baladeba Rath will be followed by Chhanda in another session.

The Odissi recital will be performed by the students of Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalay, Bhubaneswar,  and they will be accompanied by well-known exponents with the traditional music cal instruments like Guru Sachhidananda Das on Mardala, Guru Binod Bihari Rout on Tabla, Guru Jawahar Mishra on Flute, Guru Murlidhar Swain on Manjira and Sandhyarani Bhyuan on Tanpura.

While the music direction will be given by Guru Bijay Kumar Jena, Guru Ramahari Das, an eminent vocalist in Odissi Music will inaugurate the event.

Anoop Mishra, born on July 7, 1974, in a family of musicians learnt the basics from his maternal grandfather Sangeet Acharya Pandit Hari Shankar Misra, at the tender age of five. However, after the demise of his first Guru, he continued his learning under great Sarangi maestro Hanuman Prasad Misra, father of renowned vocalist Pandit Rajan and Sajan Misra.

The famous classical singer also performed in many important events in Paris, Rome, Milan and Vienna and was conferred with Surmani Award in 2001 in Mumbai.