Bhubaneswar : The pleasant weather with soothing cold in the evening at the verdant premises of the magnificent Rajarani temple bedecked with colourful lights and appliqué works synchronized with enchanting and sonorous music by great stalwarts attributed to a large gathering on the second day of Rajarani Music Festival.
The evening’s first programme was Odissi vocal recital by the great singer, music director, scholar and a versatile artiste Guru Ramhari Das & Group. Their first recital was Odissi Raganga Prabandha – Sarasa Jetiki, Bandhu Birasa Tetiki set to Rag-Mukhari and Tala-Ekatali followed by Jhulana Prabandha Dekha Kunja Kede Sobha set to Rag-Jhijhoti Tal-Adatali. Their next presentation was Prabandha Apurba Dekhili Ajare Sajani followed by Madeli Re Baja Mardala set to Rag-Malika and Tal-Malika. Last item was Aha Dhanurdhara Bira written by Kabi Biswanath Khuntia. They are accompanied on Mardala by Guru Niranjan Patra, on Harmonium Ajay Kumar Dash and on Tanpura and vocal support Matru Prasad Das and Kumari Srusti Surupa Mishra.

The presentation by Guru Ramhari Das and Group was marked by the flawless elaboration of Ragas, creativity and embellishment of the ideation and beautiful melody and perfect layakaris.

In the second phase noted Sitar player Pandit Purbayan Chatterjee presented Sitar in Raga Puria Kalyan followed by different compositions blended with melody and rhythm gave a total effect which was very soothing and melodious. The beauty and vitality of every melody type expressed the inherent Rasa and Bhava in the Sitar. The programme was highly appreciated by the audiences who were deeply engrossed till the end.

Tourism.director Sachin Ramachandra Jadhav, culture director Ranjan Kumar Das and secretary Sangeet Natak Academy Prabodh Kumar Rath graced the second day evening of the festival. The programme was anchored by Dr. Sangita Gosain and Anuja Tarini Mishra.