Stage set for Samarpan national music festival

BHUBANESWAR: The stage is set for the three-day Samarpan national music festival here at the Rabindra Mandap commencing this evening.

Into its 9th annual edition, the unique event is hosted by the famed Bhubaneswar Music Circle (BMC) in association with Odisha Tourism and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

The festival features spiritual and devotional genres of music known as Sufi music.

The inaugural evening kicks off today with Sangeeta Gosain from Bhubaneswar followed by Anadi Mishra from Jalandhar in Punjab.

The second evening on Sunday features Sufi Kalams by Jenab Rajab Ali Bharti from Kota, Rajasthan and Nazrul Geeti by Kolkata-based Sohini Basu.

Assam’s Bargeet and Maharashtra’s Abhanga are scheduled for the concluding evening of the festival on Monday by Sangeeta Chamuah, from Assam Dibrugarh and the celebrated Pandit Sanjeev Abhyankar from Pune respectively.

“This annual festival has been receiving rave response, both from the artistes and connoisseurs. This has been the most awaited annual music festival for a large number of music lovers,” stated BMC General Secretary Khirod Pattnaik.

Entry to the festival is free for all. However, the audiences are required to follow the Covid-19 protocols, the hosts explained.