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Melodic Singer Classical singing of Susmita Das connects one to the power of divinity.

Updated: April 17, 2010 10:49 am

  “The art of classical singing is being practiced in the Indian subcontinent since ages. Nowadays music is to feel and to imbibe, not just to be listened,” feels 45-year-old, Odishi singer Susmita Das. One of the shinning singers in the galaxy of Odishi classical singing, Das firmly believes in being rooted to her soil, which made music her first love. She specialises in Hindi and Oriya film songs. Singing for television, stage shows and playback singing in movies fetched her laurels. Her melodious voice cast a spell on the audiences. Her performances take the audiences to the flights of musical fancy, making them never want to come down.

            In a formal chat with Uday India, Susmita points out that originally she belongs to the family that does not possess any belongings to music. She has always received guidance in education more than music, she adds. She was inducted to the realm of music after her marriage. When a girl doesn’t see any hope in her parental home, then she expects her husband to support her, same thing happened with Susmita. In that situation, she received the support of her guru, husband and in-laws—all stood by her like pillars. “I feel that I am quite fortunate for having such a supportive family,” says Susmita. She is the perfect housewife as well as an Indian classical singer. Her first guru was Guru Chitranjan Dani who marked her entrance in Hindustani classical. To add more melody to her voice, she is learning music under the guidance of Guru Dheeraj Mahaptra. “I always preferred songs which are meaningful. Nowadays many of the songs are meaningless, though there are some good ones as well,” claims Susmita.

            Apart from being a regular artist on AIR, Cuttack, and various TV channels, she also performs three to four stage shows per month. “My latest album is a compilation of eight love poems of the eminent Oriya poet Dr Mayadhar Mansingh,” she informs. Susmita is not an average singer who needs tantrums to boost up his album sales. Her music sells, without much ado.

            When asked about the relevancy of classical music in 21st century, she said: “Classical music was started in India not for the sake of entertainment, but it meant a way to realise the power of divinity lying within oneself and thereby attain salvation. And still it is existing in the same way. It can never lose its relevancy. The music of India is said to be one of the oldest unbroken musical traditions in the world and Odishi music is a separate system of Indian classical music, which contains all the essential as well as potential ingredients of Indian classical form. The present form of the traditional Odishi music is no doubt the outcome of the continuous evolution of the earliest Indian classical music,” says Susmita.

By Vaishali Tanwar

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