Bhubaneswar, October 5: An exhibition on the evolution of Odia films and music ‘Geeti Chaya’ commenced at the State Museum here from Wednesday. The exhibition which will continue till October 19, has a rare collection of around 81 photographs taken during the recording of various songs and records from 1950 till 1986.
One of the rarest photographs exhibited include one that was taken during the recording of the song ‘Mo Swami Nahanti’ from movie ‘Mamata Mage Mula’ (1988), sung by veteran Bollywood singer Kavita Krishnamurty with Akhaya Mohanty and Raju Mishra in Tardeo Studio Mumbai.
Similarly, there are photographs of Asha Bhosle and Manna De during the recording of a song for the movie ‘Radha’ (1984) and also that of Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammad Rafi among others. There are many other rare photographs which feature some of the popular personalities from the music world like Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia recording for the movie ‘Bata Abata’(1980), Sabyasachi Mohaptra, Balakrishana Dash, Nirmala Mishra, Sikander Alam and Sipra Bose.The gramophonic records of some of the leading singers and music directors are also on display.
Attending the inaugural session, renowned flutist Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia said, “This is a unique initiative which would help people know about Odia film industry. All the collections are rare and it is good that some people are expressing interest to preserve our past. I am glad that I got an opportunity to be a part of it, but I miss all those veteran artists with whom I have worked. They are not here with us anymore but their work will keep them alive forever.”
Film director Sabyasachi Mohapatra who also attended the inaugural session was very excited to see some of his rare pictures. "The exhibition helped us relive our past. Some of the pictures are so rare that I couldn’t even recognise myself. Such exhibition needs to be conducted more often.”
“Most of the exhibits focus on the music industry of Odisha. It took us more than two years to collect all the rare collections. We have collected them from various production houses, collectors, newspapers and magazines,” said Surya Deo, film critic and organiser of the exhibition.
“The main motive behind organising this exhibition is to let people know about the evolution of Odia film industry. We have arranged pictures in a way that people can notice the difference. During early 50s, the microphones used for recording were different from the microphones used during 60s and 70s. We can see the transition in the music industry. We have also kept pictures of recordings and music sittings.We are planning toorganise more such exhibitions in future,” he added.