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Adyasha Das’s Song for the Chausathi Yoginis released on Dussehra


Bhubaneswar:2/10/17:Eminent Odia singer Adyasha Das released “A Song for the Chausathi Yoginis, Hirapur” , her latest musical venture at the ancient tantric seat of worship, the hypaethral Chausathi Yogini Temple at Hirapur on the auspicious occasion of Dussehra yesterday. The first ever song depicting the rare qualities of all Chausathi yoginis, it is a unique contribution to the preservation of our cultural legacy.

In a rare morning ritual, recreating the age-old ancient era, the song venerating the Chausathi Yoginis  was released  in the temple premises in the presence of the  writer of the lyric, Jnanpith laureate Pratibha Ray and renowned  music composer Omprakash Mohanty

The Hirapur residents, few tourists and  the priests  were witness to the first rendering of  the song for yoginis along with the ten-armed presiding deity of the pitha, worshipped as Mahamaya . The chanting of tantra shlokas, Yogini mantras, the divine effect of ghanta, musical bells and mahuri , the powerful lyrics and divine composition, all created the magic  of transcendence.
The Yogini cult is a mystical, magical, powerful amalgamation of sacredness and spirituality. Not far from the capital city, Bhubaneswar, yet non-descript and forgotten lies the Chausath Yogini temple of Hirapur, dating back to the 8th/9th century A.D. renowned for the innumerable sculptural pantheons of Yogini deities. At a time when modernity is pushing people into a chaotic identity-crisis, this song comes as a reminder of our rich cultural heritage , to strengthen our cultural and historical identity. The song has attracted immense interest and will be presented in various international forums commencing from November.It will also be staged as a dance ballet.


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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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