BHUBANESWAR: Sangeet Mahotsav, the three-day annual national festival of Indian classical music being hosted in the City by the five-decade-old Bhubaneswar Music Circle (BMC) in association with the London-based Vedant group of Industries, kicked off at Rabindra Mandap here on Saturday.

Former Commissioner of Culture A.K.Tripathy and BMC president S.K.Tamotia jointly inaugurated the event that has showcased some of the stalwarts and promising artistes of the Nation representing the three major music traditions – Carnatic, Hindustani and Odissi.

Eminent Odissi singer Shyamamani Devi opened the festival with her solo recital. The septuagenarian singer, who is known for her golden voice, commenced her recital with a guru vandana and concluded with an astapadi from the 12th century saint poet Jayadev’s Geet Govind.

Internationally acclaimed mridangam exponent Guru Kaaraikkudi Mani was the other artiste of the evening who had a captivating concert. Popularly known as Master Mani and referred as “the Rajnikant of Carnatic music”, his two-hour recital exhibited his wizardry over rhythmic patterns on percussion. He was supported by – V.V.Balasai on flute, U.P.Raju on mandolin and N. Amrit on ghanjira.