To give a fillip to the morale of the budding Odissi singers, Odissi Research Centre (ORC) has launched an exclusive series of concerts with young Odissi singers at Rabindra Mandap here.

ORC Chief Executive and Akademi awardee eminent Odissi music exponent Ramahari Das explained that while Odissi dance had got global recognition within a short span of time, Odissi music – an integral part of the dance – lagged behind due to lack of due patronage and publicity. “Such initiatives would encourage the new generation of Odissi musicians to pursue a serious interest in Odissi music, he said. The State government ahosted a series of exclusive Odissi music concerts in some major Indian cities to familiarise the connoisseurs, scholars, critics, and musicologists about the salient features of Odissi music, Das said. A national festival of Odissi music and dance was also being hosted in the capital for the past four years by the ORC, he added.

ORC has plans to host similar concerts every month in the city, Das, who also heads the Odissi music department at Utkal University of Culture, said.

Hailed

Musicologist Sunil Satapathy and veteran Odissi singer Arati Mishra jointly inaugurated the evening and hailed the initiative of the ORC in “caring for the future faces of Odissi music”.

The concert featured Anuja Tarini Patra, Leelamayee Panda, Itiprava Swain, Ajay Satapathy, Rajat Narayan Sadangi, Sura Sarita Rout, Nisiprava Pani, Sagarka Panda and Himansu Sekhar Swain.

Odissi music, an integral part of the dance, lagged behind due to lack of due patronage