Utkal Vidyarthi Abhiyan files PIL to ban the album

BHUBANESWAR: “Le Maride”, a musical album produced by Ajit Hembram, a former legislator belonging to the ruling Biju Janata Dal, has sparked off widespread public resentment for its distorted version of the immensely popular Oriya prayer “Ahe dayamaya biswa behari” penned by legendary writer Ramakrushna Nanda.

The devotional number that is being sung by school children across the State as a prayer for over six decades has been shockingly re-written by Bapu Goswami to suit the shooting of an album with a young couple dancing together to the tune of the number and the lady eulogizing her beauty.

While Godley Rath has scored the music, singers Bibhukishore and Naria have lent their voice. Boby Mishra and Abhipsa have been the actor couple while Lubun-Tubun have been the dance choreographer.

While Utkal Vidyarthi Abhiyan, a forum for education, has filed a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) in the High Court to ban telecast and circulation of the album, Kalinga Sena, a political outfit, has lodged an FIR with the Capital Police Station here seeking action against the erring. The PIL has made the Departments of Culture and Information and Public Relations of the State Government parties to the controversy.

Meanwhile several prominent personalities have condemned the liberty that the album team has taken with the song that was one of the most favourite prayers for Mahatma Gandhi.

They include singers Pranab Patnaik and Prafulla Kar, music composer and former Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi president Shantanu Mohapatra, lyricist Narayan Prasad Singh and poet and former Central Sahitya Akademi president Ramakant Rath.