Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jul 17:
Public Service Broadcaster All India Radio (AIR) is soon going to upload Lord Jagannath’s evergreen Bhakti Sangeets, popularly known as Odia Bhajans, on “You Tube” for the benefit of thousands of devotional music lovers all over the world.
Announcing this here today, F Sheheryar, DG, AIR, said AIR-Odia live streaming would be available very soon on the Internet as well as on mobile apps.
Sheheryar, who is in Puri to witness the release of the first tranche of Bhakti Sangeet CD made by AIR, said the oldest public broadcaster will cater to the needs of the millions of devotional music lovers all over the world.
On the eve of Nabakalebara Rath Yatra, the first tranche of Bhakti Sangeet (Bhajan) CD was released by Puri Gajapati Maharaja Divyasingh Dev in the presence of senior AIR officials on Thursday night.
The CD contains 13 Bhakti Sangeets/Bhajans sung by late Vanikantha Nimaicharan Harichandan, Sangeet Sudhakar Balakrushna Das, Singhari Shyam Sundar Kar, Bhikari Charan Bal, Pandit Suramani Raghunath Panigrahi, Akshay Mohanty, Mohammad Sikandar Alam, Markandeya Mohapatra, Kashinath Pujapanda, Radhakrushna Bhanja, Shyamamani Devi, Snehalata Praharaj and Kalyani Bhattacharjee.
These devotional songs of the 1960s and 1970s were meticulously collected from the AIR archives, Cuttack and released before Nabakalebara Rath Yatra to cater to the demands of Bhakti Sangeet lovers.
Sheheryar said more such Bhakti Sangeets collected from the archives of All India Radio in three CDs will be released soon.
Suresh Chandra Panda, member (Personnel) Prasar Bharti, Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, chief administrator, Shri Jagannath Temple Administration, Dr Sudha Mishra, DDG, AIR-Delhi, Dr Santanu Rath, station director, AIR Cuttack, AC Subudhi, director (Engineering), Suhash Mohanty, station director Vividh Bharati Cuttack were present during the release of the CD at the royal palace of Puri Gajapati king.