Category Archives: Sambalpuri Songs

Lyricist of “Rangabati” got Padma Shree Awards

The evergreen all time favorite ‘Rangabati’ song has gained the rare recognition of having two Padma Shri awardees for a single work of art.

Shree Mitrabhanu Gauntia, the lyricist of “Rangabati” song got Padma Shree Award. This is the second Padma Shree Award accolade for the all time favorite sambalpuri song “Rangabati“.

Beside this Gauntia received several award from many institutions like Odisha State Sangeet Natak Academy Award and Akashvani National Award for music. Gountia was also honoured by Sambalpur University for his creations.

After the singer Shree Jitendra Haripal was conferred the honour of Padma Shree Award  in 2017, its lyricist 77-year-old Mitrabhanu Gountia has been selected for the award this year.

Rangabati’ was recorded for All India Radio (AIR), Sambalpur’s Surmalika programme in 1975-76. It was later re-recorded in disc format at Indian Record Company, Kolkata in 1978-79. The popularity of ‘Rangabati’ can be gauged from the fact Gountia’s village Bilung was renamed as ‘Rangabati Bilung’ by the Revenue department in 2017.

Reacting to the news of being selected for the fourth highest civilian honour of the country, Gountia said Rangabati gave him name and fame. He said Doordarshan, Sambalpur had produced a documentary of one hour duration on the song. Dedicating the award to lovers of Sambalpuri Art and Culture, the retired teacher said is a recognition of his dedication to the art.

Born in 1942, Gountia started writing at the age of 15 only when he was studying in Class IX. His creations of initial days include ‘Masa Odasa Kali’ and ‘Parikhya Chinta’. An ardent lover of nature, Gountia, through his songs and plays, has been sending out messages to save the forest, check deforestation, pollution, education, literacy, etc. Some of his creations include Malli, Lalita, Mohini, Kaeri, Draupadi Haran, Jharbania, Haelu, Pakhal Khuri Thi Mahara, Rakshya Kabacha, Gaon Amar Maa and Jhee Ratan.

Shree Jitendra Haripal said he was glad that another member of the Rangabati team has been selected for the honour. “The award will encourage those who are working in the field of folk art and culture,” he said. On the present trend of Sambalpuri song and music, he said there is no dearth of talent. However, the songs of the present era are getting short-term popularity.

Tamar Chaha Bele Aamar Chini Sajani Re

Tamar Chaha Bele Aamar Chini Sajani Re

“tamar chaha bele amar chini sajani re”
is a beautiful Sambalpuri old song from the first national award wining Sambalpuri movie “Bhukha”

malli phuti mahakila
malli phuti mahakila
ranga rasia ke nisa gharila re
guta dehe ta sitei gala sajani re
tamar chaha bele amar chini sajani re

udila manar maina
udila manar maina
tumar bina mate laguche bana re
sanga naikari deba mana sajani re
tamar chaha bele amar chini sajani re

aha re kajala pati
aha re kajala pati
mana khuju ache chura pirati re
sanga chati hauche karati sajani re
tamar chaha bele amar chini sajani re

deiche pila mahani
deiche pila mahani
pawane nachuche panat kani re
juba mana deuche ta ghini sajani re
tamar chaha bele amar chini sajani re

When Odisha Met Paris: Sambalpuri Dancers Enthrall At The Eiffel Tower

After Bhangra in Brazil, we saw another beautiful amalgamation of two very different cultures. This time, it was Odisha’s traditional dance forms in France. To celebrate the Odisha Dance Week in Paris, internationally acclaimed Odissi dancer Saswat Joshi performed Odisha’s Sambalpuri folk dance in front of Eiffel Tower along with other artistes on May 26. The dance troupe’s colourful performance enthralled spectators at the famous French monument, the Odisha Sun Times reports.

Bahale Bunili Dhana, Sambalpuri Geet

Album : “Badal talu luki kari”
Sung by : Mantu, Surya and Harmoni
Lyrics : Nirmala Panda
Music : Mantu

Din Gani Gani

Sambalpuri Folk Song ‘Din Gani Gani’
Sung by Jitendriya Haripal(1979)
Lyrics : Ramesh Chandra Mahananda
Music : Prabhu Dutta Pradhan