Mr. Devdas Chhotray, renowned writer and lyricist, speaks on the context of ‘Gotie Sari’, an Odia Folk Music album. In his speech, Mr. Chhotray also highlighted on the tradition of Odia Folk Music and referred to other folk forms of Indian and foreign origin which have been applied in different songs.
‘Gotie Sari’ is a collection of Odia Folk Songs sung by Susmita Das and directed by Omprakash Mohanty. There are 8 songs in the collection and each is based on a different and prolific folk music pattern of the world. The production involves renowned lyricists like Devdas Chhotray, Dr. Prativa Ray, Kulamani Biswal, Mohit Chakraborty and Omprakash Mohanty.
‘Gotie Sari’, the title track of the collection, is penned by Devdas Chhotray. Odissi Dance Guru Dr. Illeana Chitaristi performed on this song during release of the audio album at Ravindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar (India), recently.
The Background: Orissa is a land of pastorals. It’s history , it’s legends and anecdotes , and it’s cultural rites since time immemorial have been suffused with rhythms of dance and music. Whether it’s long coastline or high lands and plateau, all have been habitats of a rich folk culture. In this milieu, the efforts of Susmita Das , an eminent singer of the state , to produce an album of enchanting folk music in contemporary format deserves to be recognised.
Gotie Sari (A Mynah Bird) is an enchanting compilation of eight folk songs in Odia which expresses various aspects of pastoral melodies from soulful to the raucous. They have been composed by both new and experienced writers of considerable literary standing. Although the language is Odia, the style of the composition and manner of rendering have gone beyond the language frontier. They elicit the best of the pan Indian and even international folk music tradition. Gotie Sari is a unique blend of sweet pastoral heritage placed in the folds of contemporary music.
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