A festival of Sufiana and other Devotional Music “Samarpan” started at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar


Bhubaneswar: The 3-day long festival of Sufiana “Samarpan” organised by Bhubaneswar Music Circle kick started today at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar. Sufi Music is arguably one of the best known mystical forms of devotional music. Having its origin in modern day Iran and Afghanistan, Sufism spans almost half the world from the plains of Africa to the eastern coast of India and onward to Indonesia.
Inaugural evening first programme was Abhangs by Shri Omkar Dadarkar, Omkar Dadarkar, a brilliant young Vocalist in the field of Hindustani Classical Music, is presently attached to I.T.C. Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata as a Junior Guru. He presented Abhangs, a form of devotional Poetry sung in the praise of Lord Vitthala or Vithoba with shrine at Pandharpur in Maharashtra. Abhangs are exuberant expressions of community experience as opposed to Bhajans, which focus more on the inward journey. He was accompanied on Tabla by Shri Ashok Mukherjee, on Harmonium by Shri Anirban Chakraborty and on Flute by Shri Paramanand Roy
Last presentation of the evening was Shagun & Nirgun – Sufi Musings by Dr. Raja Kale, initiated into Music by his father Prabhakarrao Kale, Pt. Rajararn (Raja) Kale received further training from Pt. Uttamrao Agnihotri and the legendary Pt. Jitendra Abhisheki. He also received valuable guidance from Pt. C. P. Rele and Pt. Balasaheb Poonchwale of Gwalior Gharana. Pt. Raja Kale presented a selection of Shagun and Nirgun Bhajans. Shagun traditions believe in the Material form of God, whereas Nirgun tradition believes that the Almighty is formless. He was accompanied by Harmonium – Shri Shyam Sundar Joshi, Pakhawaj – Shri Satchidananda Das, Tabla – Shri Sarat Pani and Manjira – Shri Arup Das.
The dignitaries who graced the occasion were Abasara Beuria, Shri Ashok Kumar Tripathy, Mahendra Mishra and Shri Khirod Patnaik. The programme was compared by Dr. Sangeeta Gosain, Dr. Adyasha Das and Isha Mishra.

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