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Odissi & Hindustani Classical Vocals bring essence of Odisha & Agra Gayaki during 13th week of SaMaPa Digital Baithak

NEW DELHI: SaMaPa Digital Baithak Series entered into its 13th week with enthralling Odissi & Hindustani Classical vocal recitals. The series is being presented by the well-known cultural & educational organization of India, SaMaPa (Sopori Academy of Music And Performing Arts) under the aegis of the music legend and Saint of Santoor, Pandit Bhajan Sopori and music maestro Abhay Rustum Sopori running exclusively on SaMaPa's Official YouTube Channel.

The 25th session featured Hindustani Classical Vocal recital by Dr. Avinash Kumar, an upcoming vocalist with a blend of Rampur Sahaswan, Agra and Kirana Gharana Gayaki in his performance. He presented Raga Jogkauns, a relatively new raga conceived in the late 1940s by Pandit Jagannathbuwa Purohit ‘Gunidas', which is a combination of Raga Jog and Chandrakauns. Avinash commenced his recital with Aalap followed by a Vilambit Ektaal composition "Sughar Ban Paya" and Madhyalaya Bandish "Peer Paraayi". He was accompanied by Romaan Khan on Tabla, Manish Kumar Singh on Harmonium and Rahul Chauhan on Tanpura. The introduction to the recital was presented by the eminent Flautist Pandit Chetan Joshi who gave a detailed insight to the raga.

The other session and the 26th episode of the baithak featured Odissi Vocal music recital by the celebrated vocalist Vidushi Sangita Gosain. A ‘Top' grade artist of All India Radio, she is one of the most outstanding and popular exponents of Odissi music. She commenced her recital with Saraswati Vandana "Ambuja Prabhaba Patni" written by S. Sundar Rajan and composed by late Dipak Kumar Basu followed by Geet Govinda "Sakhihe Keshimathana Mudaram" written by Jayadev and composed by late Pt. Bhubaneswar Mishra in Raga Pahadi, Champu (Dha) "Dhirare Ki Dhana Tu" written by Kavi Surya Baladev Rath which was a traditional composition in Raga Mishra Kafi set to Taal Adatali, a specialty of Odissi music, Geet Govinda "Kisalaya Shayana Tale" written by Jayadev composed by late Pt. Raghunath Panigrahi in Raga Vibhas and Odia Folk "Gadiara Charipakhe", traditional lyrics composed by late Akshaya Mohanty.

She concluded her recital with an Odissi Bhabanga "Mohana Murati Chhailo", a traditional composition in Raga Bhairavi written by Banamali. She was accompanied by Guru Satchitananda Das on Mardala, Suramani Ramesh Chandra Das on Violin and Murlidhar Swain on Harmonium. Earlier, the introduction was presented by the music maestro Abhay Rustum Sopori, who gave an elaborated & educative explanation of Odissi music. The Baithaks were compered by the renowned broadcaster & anchor Sadhna Shrivastav.

SaMaPa is acclaimed as a cultural movement and a Cultural Bridge of Jammu & Kashmir with the rest of the country. It is credited to have created a new generation of music connoisseurs. The motto of SaMaPa is ‘Jan Jan Tak Sangeet' (music to the masses) and this Digital Baithak is intended to create a bridge between the artist and the audiences worldwide during the present circumstances.

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