15 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: It is 15th August- the day of India’s Independence – and it makes one wonder if there are any patriotic Odia songs that can complement the day. While ‘Bande Utkala Janini’ and ‘Ei Desha, Ei Maati’ come first to people’s minds when they think of Odia patriotic songs, it is actually interesting to note that Ollywood has many numbers that instill love and pride for India.
Here are five such songs:
5) Utha Kankala
Written by Pandit Godabarisha Mahapatra, this poem has been given a rock music video look by Tosh Nanda to reach out to every Odia across the globe and rejuvenate the lost sense of pride in their heart.
4) Premare Vande Mataram
Sung by Rituraj Mohanty, this song features Anubhav Mohanty and brings out the patriot in us with the bold dance moves.
Here is another song from the movie Jai Hind (2018).
3) Ganga Je Deshe Bahe
Lyrics by the evergreen Akshaya Mohanty, this song was sung by Nirmala Mishra for the film Stree (1968) and features legendary actress Parbati Ghose.
2) Swarga Dapi Gariyasi Janani Ma Dharitri
From the film ‘Dharitri’ (1972), the song was penned by Sibabrata Das and features yesteryear superstar Sriram Panda.
1) Bahi Jae Re Ganga, Ude Tiranga
Depicting the inequality between rich and poor, this song from the movie Balidan (1978) was composed by Prafulla Kar.