Tributes paid to Sibabrata Das

Rich tributes were paid to lyricist Sibabrata Das at Jayadev Bhawan here on Wednesday through Sibabrata Das Smruti Sangeet Sandhya , an exclusive concert of the songs that he had penned for a number of Odia films.

Family members, friends, and fans of the lyricist gathered in large numbers to share their memories with the lyricist and to listen to the immortal songs that he penned. A number of popular singers – both the established and the budding – sang a series of such songs. The singers included Sourav Nayak, Bibhu Das, Adyasha Das, Susmita Das, Susant Panda, Laxmikant Palit, Bidyutprava Palit and Ghazal Mohanty.

Eminent music composer Shantanu Mohapatra and lyricist Sarada Prasanna Nayak were conferred the Sibabrata Samman for the year on the occasion for their lifelong contribution to music.

The award was instituted by the Sibabrata Das Memorial committee that hosted the evening in honour of the lyricist.

Well-known media personality Soumya Ranjan Patnaik inaugurated the event and conferred the honours on Mohapatra and Nayak. Addressing the occasion, Patnaik observed that the artificial division between poetry and lyrics in Odia literature has hampered the growth of the both. An anthology of Das lyrics was also released on the occasion.