It aims at promoting traditional and classical music

BHUBANESWAR: The 4 {+t} {+h} edition of the Guru Pranam Utsav – an annual music festival – will be under way at Rabindra Mandap in the capital on March 11 and 12. The event is being hosted by the city-based Susama Sangeet Sadan, a school of music established by singer-composer Laxmikant Palit.

Palit has told The Hindu that the festival aims at promoting traditional and classical music. While the inaugural evening is earmarked for classical music – both Odissi and Hindustani - the closing evening will showcase the marginalised genre of Oriya music known as sugam sangeet (light music).

Duet concerts

The inaugural evening will present jugalbandis (duet concerts) by Ramahari Das-Nazia Alam (in Odissi style), Mita Patnaik-Rita Patnaik and Randip Palit-Bandish Palit (Hindustani style). The next evening will feature more than 20 gifted singers of the State – both veteran and the budding.

The list includes Ramahari Das, Sourav Nayak, Adyasha Das, Ghazal Mohanty, Pratyasha, Rashmi Mohapatra, Snigdha, Soumya and Susant. For their spectacular achievements in their respective fields of music, three prominent personalities will be felicitated by the hosts this year.

They are Shyamamani Debi (for Odissi music), Prafulla Kar (sugam sangeet) and Mohini Mohan Patnaik (Hindustani flute).