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The Odissi Project : A beautiful attempt to document traditional musicians across Odisha, do give it a watch


The wonderful Balaram Gouda, trained in the ancient tradition of Sakhi Nata in Ganjam sings an Odissi lyric penned by poet Gopalakrusna Pattanayaka (1784-1862) – Chhaila Bara Chhamure Padili (ଛଇଳବର ଛାମୁରେ ପଡ଼ିଲି).

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. The Odissi Project is a part of the documentation initiative Pothi. To see more such content, look at

Lead vocalist : Balaram Gouda

Mardala : Praphulla Swain

Gini & others : Gaurahari Khuntia, Bhimasen Mahankud, Jagannath Dora

Camera : Debendra Pattanayak, Arjun Samantaray, Prateek Pattanaik

Edit & subtitles : Prateek Pattanaik