Mesmerizing Classical Recitals at Rajarani Music Festival

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Come evening the temple city of Bhubaneswar is filled up with music and dance. After the completion of Mukteswar Dance Festival, it is time for the people to enjoy the rare and original classical music from the maestro. Odisha Tourism Development Authority in collaboration with Odisha Sangeet Natak Academy arranges the classical evenings from 18th January to 20th January 2015 in the premises of the 11th century built Rajarani Temple every year.


Be it the performances of Guru Ramahari Das and Bijay Jena or the performance of Mrudangam by National Award Winning Musician Karai Kurumani had left the audience just pine for more and more of classical tunes. The dancing fingers on the thighs of the audience could well perceive the importance of classical music in our lives.


The uniqueness of the programme is the performance of Bhakta Kabi Banamali’s kedar gouda raga, tala tripatra music ‘ Jai hai Brajraj Nandan…’ which will surely satisfy the music lovers who look forward to see these rare performances annually. With Raga Bilahari, Tala Ektali, Odissi music ‘aaji mun dekhili Ghanshyamnku…’, ‘Gita Gobinda’ in Raga sudhadeshi and rala ektali will simply make the audience spellbound.


With the performing gurus it is also time to watch and hear the music created by their accompaniments Guru Dhaneswar Swain in Mardala, Guru Ajay Kumar Das in Harmonium and Guru Balakrishna Jena in Tanpura.


The evening will be musically more enterprising with the Stuarts of Music like Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan fulfilling the wishes of Classical Music Lovers by Flute and Santoor recitals respectively.


So, here is a chance to witness this classical music extravaganza, if you are in or somewhere in Odisha to enjoy the evenings.




18 January 2015 (Sunday)
Prof Guru Ramhari Das & Guru Bijay Jena (Odissi Vocal)
Guru Karrraikudi Mani (Mrudangum)


19 January 2015 (Monday)
Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty (Hindustani Vocal)
Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia (Flute)


20 January 2015 (Tuesday)
Padma Shri Aruna Sairam (Carnatic Vocal)
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (Sarod)