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Songs in Orissa that are danced away

Title:Songs in Orissa that are danced away
Author:Mansinha, Mayadhar
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 13 Issue no. 2; March 1960, p. 44-47
Abstract:The writer inquires into the antiquity of the song and dance tradition in Orissa, and marks the contribution, with examples, of some Oriya composers on secular and Radha-Krishna themes. Although the tradition of dance and song in Orissa goes back to the time of Kharavela (1st century BCE), the song tradition as known today perhaps began with the Asthapadis of Jayadeva (11th century). The talas and ragas were formed according to those in the Gita Govinda. The earliest surviving Oriya song is of the time of the Gajapati Emperor Kapilendra Deva (14th century). The 15th and 16th centuries have left behind an enormous corpus of musical and secular poetry. Kavisurya Baladeva Rath (1789-1845), Gopalkrishna Patnaik, and Banamali Das are well known for their Radha-Krishna compositions.

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