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Concert by Pandit Suman Ghosh. He was accompanied on the tabla by Pandit Shantilal Shah with accompaniment on the harmonium by Dr. Mahendra Gohil and on the tanpura by Jyotsna Ved and Archana Tripathi

Supradipta Datta

HOUSTON: The organizers of HISTORIC RATH YATRA at Durgabari are truly grateful to members of the participating organizations, devotees and volunteers for making this blissful and symbolic street festival a GRAND SUCCESS. A rolling crowd of approximately 900 participated in the festivities from 9 AM to 4 PM jointly organized by Char Dham Hindu Temple and Houston Durgabari Society. It was truly a spiritual journey with Nrushingha/Rath Havan, Nabajauban/Netrotsav and Chariot Pulling of Lord Jagannath Parivar in a divine setting. Pandit Dr. Bishnupada Goswami conducted the worship ceremonies with great clarity and sincerity thereby bringing the crowd into rapt attention of his chanting of Vedic hymns and Sanskrit Slokas appropriate for Rath Yatra.

Devotees were served sumptuous breakfast and lunch Prasad after the chariot pulling of the three deities to spend their time comfortably to enjoy the cultural programs consisting of performances by well renowned artists in the Greater Houston area and compered adroitly by Ms. Sanchali Basu.

Sonali Mohanty

The cultural program was started by Ms. Shrabana Nath, with two beautiful pieces of Odissi dance, an Abhinay named “Neelanidhi” and “Aravi Pallavi”. She is a gold medalist in Odissi dance and a disciple of the Legendary Odissi Maestro – Padma Vibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.

Mesmerizing Odissi Dance by Guru Supradipta Datta followed, which included an Abhinay “To Lagi Gopa Dando”, based on Raag – Khambaj and set to Taal – Rupak, Jhoola, a cycle of 6 beats and a second Abhinay “Srita Kamala” based on Raag – Mishra Bilabal and set to Adhyataal. Both of the Abhinay were choreographed by Padma Vibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Supradipta  is one of the senior most students of Nritya Shiromani Guru Smt. Aloka Kanungo and a well recognized dancer, choreographer and teacher.

Shrabana Nath

Two beautifully renditioned Oriya Bhajans glorifying Lord Jagannath, “Dhali Dhali Ka Dekha Asanti Jagannatha” and “Biswa Jagannatha Brahma Jagannatha” were done by Ms. Sonali Mohanty, a vocalist of Hindustani classical music and a student of Guru Pandit Suman Ghosh-Ji .

The Grand Finale was Hindustani Devotional Classical Vocal Concert by, Pandit Suman Ghosh-Ji, a senior disciple of Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj-Ji and one of the stalwarts of the youngest & present generation of the Mewati Gharana of Hindustani Classical music. He was accompanied on the Tabla by well known Tabla-Maestro, Pandit Shantilal Shah with accompaniment on the Harmonium by Dr. Mahendra Gohil and on the Tanpura by Smt. Jyotsna Ved and Smt. Archana Tripathi. The performance was truly the crown jewel of the whole show. Such was the impact that the audience demanded for more after his performance, which Pandit Suman Ghosh-Ji duly obliged.

Char Dham Hindu temple and Durga Bari are truly grateful to all the artists, who enthralled the audience with masterful display of their art. For more information about the organizations, please check out the websites, http://skaifoundation.org and http://www.durgabari.org


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