Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 7:
With the Rangabati remix produced by MTV going viral in the social media and sparking off protests all over the state, senior Odisha Congress Leader Niranjan Pattnaik today added a new dimension to the controversy disapproving the singing of state’s anthem Bande Utkala Janani with Rangabati.
In the music video circulating in the social media, Rangabati and Bande Utkala Janani have been remixed with beats from other regions.
“The State Assembly has recognized Bande Utkala Janani written and composed by Kanata Kabi Laxmi Kanta Mohapatra as the state anthem. Since 1912, this anthem was sung in the meetings of the Utkal Sammilani. In all official functions of the state and even in the state assembly, the state anthem is sung with utmost respect,” Niranjan Patnaik said.
“Disrespecting the national anthem is punishable. The time has come for a law to prevent distortion of the state’s anthem and to make it similarly punishable,” Patnaik demanded.
The former PCC President said Samabalpuri music has its unique flavor and charm, which should not be distorted for commercial reasons.
“I am not against artistic freedom and do see the need to strike a chord with the new generation so that they begin to appreciate Odisha’s folk culture and popular music. But what has been produced is a disrespectful rendition of the state’s anthem and that cannot be condoned. Besides, in all such remix, the rights of the original artists and the uniqueness of the genre must be respected,” he expressed
Pattnaik has demanded that the state culture department should intervene in the matter.