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Sri Balaram Gouda, trained in the ancient tradition of Sakhi Nata in Ganjam sings a Champu from the magnum opus Kisora-Chandrananda Champu of Kabisurjya Baladeba Ratha (1789-1845) : Nua-nata-patali-mukuta He (ନୂଆନଟପଟଳୀମୁକୁଟ ହେ). The thirty-four Odia songs forming the padya part of Kabisurjya's Champu are each set to traditional Odissi ragas and contain in them some of the most iconic melodic phrases of Odisha's music. Singing the entire Champu along with its elaboration and explanation was considered the hallmark of an accomplished Sakhi Nata troupe. From a session at Naikanipalli, Ganjam, Odisha.
Odissi music is a system of Indian classical music with a history spanning more than a thousand years. It has its own repertoire of indigenous ragas, a vast body of literature in the Odia language and a distinct style of rendition. This project is an attempt to make more people aware of this rich tradition by providing carefully curated content, and bring some much-needed attention to the hundreds of dedicated musicians in the villages of Odisha who have kept alive this ancient art.The Odissi Project is a part of the documentation initiative Pothi. To see more such content, look at www.pattaprateek.com.
Lead vocalist : Balaram Gouda
Mardala : Bhimasen Mahankud
Gini & others : Gaurahari Khuntia, Praphulla Swain, Jagannath Dora
Camera : Debendra Pattanayak, Arjun Samantaray, Prateek Pattanaik
Edit & subtitles : Prateek Pattanaik
Raga : Kumbhakamodi (କୁମ୍ଭକାମୋଦୀ)
© The Odissi Project, 2019