City Music Enthusiasts Enjoy Ghuduki Tunes

The Aama Lokakala Aama Sanskruti, a monthly event organised by the state government at Rabindra Mandap recently, was a great opportunity for Bhubaneswar’s music enthusiasts to listen to Ghuduki music. This particular art form, coupling music with dance, is popular in the Bolangir district of Odisha.

Ghuduki is a musical instrument played by the Shabar tribe. Traditionally, they dance to the tunes of the instrument, celebrating it as a family tradition. Owing to lack of patronage, this rich history is being slowly wiped off. The Odia language, literature, and culture department of the state organised the event to promote folk art.

The response from the audience was positive. “The music was all about romance, with 13 artistes taking part to play the Ghuduki or dance to its tune. There are so many things to explore in Odisha, and we, the young generation, are after what’s served to us through television and social media”, said Rakesh Pradhan, a young music enthusiast who attended the event.

The evening also featured a Sambalpuri dance performance that enthralled the viewers. The popularity of Sambalpuri dance and music, right from Rangabati to Daalkhai, is immeasurable. Around 18 artistes from Sambalpur performed to the tunes of panchabadya or five instruments.

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