Friday, 26 November 2010

Sniti Mishra - ZEE Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Top 7 Contestant Sings "Suniyo Ji Araj Mhari"

Sniti Mishra

Here is Sniti Mishra singing Suniyo Ji Araj Mhare on the November 19 episode of Zee TV Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.

Unfortunately Sniti was eliminated, inspite of this flawless performance, by the audience. Her many fans are still shocked!

I can never tire of this girl's performances, her mellifluous voice and near flawless diction! Here is wishing her all the best in her career! Sniti, of course, belongs to Orissa.

Watch Sniti Mishra's song and the mentors' comments at the official Zee TV website

Oriya Girl Sniti Mishra Sings at Zee Sa Re Ga Ma Pa

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Friday, 22 October 2010

Kumar Purnima - Kumara Punei Janha Go | Full Lyrics

Today is Kumar Poornima. I was reminded of all the Kumar Pornima celebrated during childhood with Pitha, Mitha, offerings to the Janha and later the song "Kumara Punei Janha Go Phula Baula Beni". And of course pranam (Mundiya) to the elders and getting coins or rupees in exchange.

Kumar Purnima is a festival where Karthik the handsome bachelor and the Son of Shiva and Parvati is worshipped. Girls worship Karthik wishing for a beau like him and eat after offering to the full moon. The day is also observed as Laxmi Puja or Gaja Laxmi Pooja by some.

Kumar Utsav is a popular festival now with the peppy song accompanied by folk dance performed at many venues.

Here are the full lyrics of  one version of this traditional Odia folk song

Kuanra Punei Janha Lo
Phula Boula Beni
Kumari Jhianka apurba ananda
Puchi Kheli baku mana Lo
Phula Baula Beni

Karamanga Gacha Chai Go
Phula Baulo Beni
Kharabele Nai Pani Pain Gali
Krushnanku Bhetiba Pain Go
Phula Baula Beni

Puchi Lo Puchi ja
Gabhira bila re luchi ja
Gabhira Bila re Mainsi
Dhana kili kili Khauchi

Adei de re gauda Bhai ,
Bajei de re bainsi

Thia Puchi naranga
Goda Duita Saranga
Saranga badi re jaithili

To Bhauni Rani lo
Mo Bhaiti Raja

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Watch video of Mu Je Janena Kaha Baata Rahichi Chahin - Gapa Hele Bhi Sata

Watch the video of Mu Je Janena Kaha Baata Rahichi Chahin - a classic old oriya movie song from the movie "Gapa Hele Bhi Sata".

The lyrics were by Guru Krushna Goswami and the song was sung by Suman Kalyanpur.

The song's lyrics go like this

Saathi Re, Ja kahi Saathi re
Muje Janena Kaha Baata Rahichi Chahin
Mora Emiti Kehi nahin Asiba Paeen re asiba paeen
Saathi re...

Akasa Re nahin jahna, nahin ta suruja
tebe bi pakae kiye alua ra muruja
Emiti e mana tale, mahua chamaka khele
Na lagi kahara chuan tikaka paeen haa tikaka paeen


Saathi re

Hope you enjoy this beautiful Oriya song

Laxman, Test Cricket, India Vs Australia, Ishant - Why They are Trending on Twitter!

Whats hot online? Twitter trends generally give one an idea! Laxman, test cricket, Ishant Sharma are all hot on twitter after India's incredible win against Australia at Mohali.
Read more here.

Laxman, Test Cricket, India Vs Australia, Ishant - Why They are Trending on Twitter!

Monday, 4 October 2010

Download Sabitri Puja Katha in Oriya

All of us Oriya married women who stay outside of Orissa or India are generally prevented from doing Pujas the traditional way because of a lack of Puja books, knowledge or the right atmosphere.

Savitri generally falls in the month of June. Married women decorate a "Sila Pua" (stone pestle) with haldi, sindur, bangles and read out the Savitri Katha. They touch the feet of their spouse and in-laws and generally observe a fast eating only the Puja bhog comprising of soaked mung, grated coconut, fruits, etc.

Here is a link to the Sabitri Puja Katha in Oriya. The link is courtesy of - The Samaja Online Newspaper | Samaj epaper | Oriya Paper | Oriya News Online

If you want to read oriya news online - what better option than Samaj? I remember a time when my father was posted abroad and he subscribed to the international version of Samaj which reached him once in 15 days!
Now get your daily dose of Oriya Samaja online here at the official Samaj newspaper website

If you want to read the samaja paper directly go to the epaper at

Friday, 1 October 2010

A Tumultuous Week - Some Patriotic Flavor on Gandhi Jayanti - Watch Mile Sur Mera Tumhara Video Online

It has been a really tumultuous week. The Ayodhya Verdict, all the hype and controversy leading upto the Commonwealth Games and more importantly the Clash of the Titans with the Two Test India - Australia Series!

The Commonwelth Games Open tomorrow to hopefully a grand start. AR Rehman has provided the theme song "Jiyo Utho Badho Jeeto" for the CW Games - and so far it has been the best part of the Games!

On the occasion of the Gandhi Jayanti - here is an awesome video on National Integration which touched all our hearts when it was telecast on DD during the late 1980s. "Mile Sur Mera Tumhara Toh Sur Bane Hamara" - meaning "when your and mine music join it becomes our music" was recorded in 14 languages and features the top artistes of our times.

There are even two lines of Oriya in the song - "Tumara Amara Swarara Milana Shrusti Kari Chalu Eka Tana"

Watch the Mile Sur Video here

Know all about the song at Wikipedia

Sunday, 26 September 2010

About Oriya Languge - Oriya Language from Wikipedia

What is Oriya (Odia)?
  • A language spoken by more than 30 million people and traces of which has been found in the even the 2nd Century BC! A language older than 2000 years old!
  • Written evidence of modern form of Odia is found from as early as  eighth century AD.
  • Oriya is the language that bears the closest resemblace to Sanskrit in its spoken form.
  • Jayadeva - an eminent Sanskrit poet from 13th century and who composed the "geet govinda" was from Puri, Orissa. Jayadeva's works had a profound influence on Oriya art forms like the Odissi Dance, devotional songs and Oriya language and culture.
Find out more about the Oriya language at wikipedia here.
A Comprehensive English-Oriya Dictionary is available free at Google Books (early 20th century dictionary)

Friday, 17 September 2010

Ei Chumki Seta Pani Re Budiba Nahinki - Maa O Mamata - Old Oriya Song Video

Ei Chumki Seta Pani Re Budiba Nahinki is one of the songs that is full of joie de vivre and life and among the popular songs of the hit pair Prashanta Nanda and Mahasweta. Ei Chumki is from the hit movie Maa O Mamata

Anyone remember Maa O Mamata?

Check out the lyrics of the Ei Chumki song here

When I had seen the movie, in I guess very early eighties, I had just fallen in love with it. Mahasweta, at her very best, was the bubbly village girl - who Prashanta Nanda (the Sahari Babu) wowed and wooed and eventually seduced. The village girl and town boy theme (or the reverse as in Dora) was very very popular in old oriya movies. This movie followed the accepted storyline when Prashanta Nanda left the village, married again and forgot all about the village belle and her still unborn child. Mohsin was in a nice cameo with a great song "Hitalika Bombalika".

See the video of this popular Oriya song "Ei Chumki" here.

Ei Chumki From Maa O Mamata (Maa O Mamata)

Friday, 10 September 2010

Vakratunda Mahakaya and Other Ganesh Songs and Ganesh Mantra for Pushpanjali

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On Ganesh Chaturthi the pushpanjali to Ganesh is offered with the chanting of the Vakratunda Mahakaya Mantra.

Here are the first two lines of the Mantra

Vakratunda Mahakaya Surya Koti Samaprabha
Nirvhignam Kurumedeva Sarva Karyashu Sarvada

Here is the Vakratunda Mahakaya mantra on youtube sung by Jagdish Singh

Here is the Shri Athrvashirsh Mantra Pushpanjali on Raaga.

More Ganesh Pushpanjali Songs are here

Jai Jai Ganesha Aarti is here

Happy Ganesh Chaturth!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Sikandar Alam Is Dead (RIP) - The Great Oriya Singer is No More

Sikandar Alam, the great Oriya singer who is famous for his mellifuous voice and Bhajans - is dead. Mr. Alam died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 71. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Sikandar Alam's repertoire included a great many devotional songs and Jagannath songs. Some of his famous movies for which he was a playback singer include Amada Bata, Adina Megha, Punarmilana, Kula Chandrama, Puja, Mamata.

Some of his famous songs in a career spanning 50 years and at least 50 Oriya movie are

Brundabane Banshi Ke Bajaila Eka Radha

Aa Re Mita Aa Sangata Bela Galani  from Mamata 

Sapanara Pathe Pathe  from film Dharitri

Emitibi Nadi Achi Jie Kebe Sagarare    from Pooja

Andha Kari Mote Karilu Re Dhanya  from Bilwa Mangal

and many more.

Sikandar Alam was born in Cuttack. He was the President of Orissa Sangeet Natak Academy.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Watch Old Oriya Song "Jibana Jamuna Re Juara Uthe Re" from Youtube

Watch the video of this Old Oriya Song "Jibana Jamuna Re Juara Uthe Re" from Youtube.

Jibana Jamuna Re is from the movie Amada Bata. The song is sung by Nirmala Mishra.

Watch the video of the song here.

Ei Bhara Janha Rati - Old Oriya Song - Watch Video from Youtube

Watch the video of this old oriya song "Ei Bhara Janha Rati" from Youtube.

Film - Adina Megha

Singer - Akshaya Mohanty

The Aei Bhara Janha Raati is picturised on Prashant Nanda and Jharna Das. Watch the video here.

Sunday, 8 August 2010 - Oriya Matrimonial Website

Go to to check out Oriya matrimonial prospects. Oriya Matrimony is a FREE Matrimony site by Bharat Matrimony. It is used by thousands of prospective oriya brides and grooms.

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- Look  from over 2 crore search profiles. You just need to mention the age group, gender, location, religion you are looking for.You immediately get hundreds of relevant search results.

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Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Behind The Scenes at "I Am She" Miss Universe | Ipsita Pati | Sushmita Sen | Tantra Entertainment

Sushmita Sen's Tantra Entertainment runs the "I Am She Miss Universe" - a national level pageant to select the model who goes to represent India at the Miss Universe Pageant. Pantaloon's Femina  Miss India Contest winners will represent India at the Miss World, Miss Earth, Miss International contests. This is the first year Tantra Entertainment has won the franchisee to select the contestant.

For us Oriyas - there is more news and action from the I am She Miss Universe 2010. Ipsita Pati - an Oriya model from Vizag who represented at the event filed a complaint at a Bhubaneswar P.S. against Tantra. She went on to say that the event was mismanaged and she was starved during the grooming. She lost so much weight eventually that she was disqualified for being underweight! So that's life behind the arclights. Tough Ipsita. Tough way to learn at 18 - that life is not fair.

Ipsita alleged that she was replaced by someone from West Bengal. And the winner was Ushoshi Sengupta from West Bengal - so...any inference there...if the clue is Sushmita too is a Bong ;-)

I don't know how much this whistle-blowing is going to help Ipsita's career. I hope she gets over the trauma and has a successful life ahead - in whatever field she chooses. From her biodata - it appears she is immensely talented!

Read about Ipsita's complaint here

Here is a link to the I am She official website. Find out more about the I Am She Miss Universe 2010 India contestants and final photos

Ipsita Pati's portfolio, photos, bio and video at the I am She Website.

Www.Dharitri.Com - Dharitri Oriya Daily Newspaper for Oriya News

If you are looking for Oriya News online - Www.Dharitri.Com is one excellent place to look for it! Dharitri Oriya newspaper. At - Oriya news is updated daily and is in Oriya. A click will also link to the complete Dharitri epaper online! One can also take a look at the newspaper arhives without storing the physical paper! Convenient isn't it? There is a horoscope section in the online paper for those astrologically inclined.

Take a look at the Dharitri Online Newspaper screenshot here.

Go to the Dharitri website at Www.Dharitri.Com

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Sandhyadipa Kar - Odissi Dancer Par Excellence

As i was going through some Odissi dance snippets posted on FB of a friend's child - I was reminded of my childhood friend Sandhyadipa Kar. Sandhya or Deepa is the daughter of the renowned Oriya Music composer Prafulla Kar. She trained in Odissi dance from her childhood with Guru Shri Kelu Charan Mohapatra. Her love of the art form is evident in the zeal with which she has pursued Odissi with teaching, workshops, performances (some combined performances with her renowned Father and brother being much anticipated in Oriya communities the World over) for the past 15 years - combined with a busy family life. She is of course one of the eminent exponents of Odissi today.

Here is a youtube snippet of the immensely graceful Sandhya performing "Dasavatar"

The Odissi Profiles: Sandhyadipa Kar: "Sandhyadipa is currently settled in Cleveland and is actively involved in performing, promoting and teaching Odissi Dance."

Monday, 12 July 2010

Watch Puri Ratha Yatra Live Online Free - the Festival of Chariots on your PC!

Watch the Puri Rath Yatra Live online free at the NIC Rath yatra Website

It is again the time of the year when the three deities of the Puri Jaggannath Temple visit their Mausi at Gundicha. Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra along with the Sudarshan will ride in their respective chariots Nandighosh, Taladhwaja and Darpadalana to their beloved Aunt's place at Gundicha Mandir for their annual holiday.

The swaying praying conveyance of the deities accompanied by cymbals and trumpets is an elaborate process done with the utmost reverence and is known as "Pahandi".

After Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra have been enthroned on their chariots - the ruler and King of Puri (only a symbolic runer now, in republic India) sweeps the chariots to get them ready for the journey.This part of the ritual is known as "Chera Pahara".

Then the journey starts. the huge cocunut ropes attached to the chariots are pulled by tens of thousands of devotees starting with the Chariot of the eldest brother Lord Balabhadra, then Goddess Subhadra and the finally that of the Lord of the Universe - lord Jagannath accompanied to the huge cries of the devotees. The juggernaut (yes, actually derived from the rolling of Jagannath's chariot) continues till it reaches Gundicha Mandir - with a slight break at another small "Mausima" Mandir in between.

The sights and intense devotion at the Rath Yatra, congregation of literally millions - where even an square inch of space is fought for in the hot sun or drizzle for the few miles of the journey - are treasured remembrances. This year our ancestral house on this same route was sold off. I really don't know when I will next be privy to the blessed Darshan and the pulling of the Rath during the Rath Yatra. But i know I will remember and dream of it forever.

Jai Jagannath.

NIC will be webcasting this event live and free for those of who cannot make it. Make sure to watch it online free at

Rath Yatra is on 13t July, 2010. Telecast/ Webcast starts from 9 am.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Saraswati Puja 2010 - Maa Saraswati Wallpaper - Saraswati Vandana Lyrics - Jaa Kundendu...

Saraswati 2010 / Basanta Panchami is on 20th January. Here are some Maa Saraswati Wallpapers.

More Goddess Saraswati Wallpapers

Here are the lyrics of Jaa Kundendu Tushara Haara

Jaa Kundendu Tushaara Haara Dhavalaa
Jaa Shubhra Vastraavrita
Jaa Veena Vara Danda Manditakara
Jaaa Shweta Padmaasana

Jaa Brahma Achyutaha Shankara Prabrithibhih
Devai Sadaa Poojitha
Saa Maa Paa tu Saraswathi Bhagavati
Nishyesha Jyaadyaapaha

Ya Kundendu on Youtube video

Have a great Puja!

Here is the link to more Mantras including the Saraswati Mantra

"Mata Saraswati Sharda" - Saraswati Aalap sung by Lata Mangeshkar

Var de Veena Vadini - a Saraswati Vandana by poet Suryakant Tripathi 'Nirala'

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Bande Utkala Janani On TV

This classic ode to Orissa is in a new form on Oriya Television. Featuring some greats of Oriya music - this video is well shot and sleek in appearance. Only thing missing is that some credits could have been given for the singers. I could identify Prafulla Kar, Pranab Pattnaik, Trupti Das and some others. But some of the faces are new - and I have stopped listening to new Oriya songs for quite a long time now to identify the new generation of singers.

Here is the video. Please leave a comment with a name of the singers if you can - just to give some credit to these forgotten all time greats.