Gopal Chandra Panda
ଗୋପାଳ ଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ପଣ୍ଡା
Pt. Panda at his residence in Bhubaneswar, Odisha
Background information
Birth nameGopal Chandra Panda
Born(1940-06-17)17 June 1940
Ramakrusnapura, Bhadrak, Odisha
GenresOdissi music
OccupationsOdissi music Guru, musicologist, vocalist & composer
Awards: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award 2011

Pandit Gopal Chandra Panda (Odia: ଗୋପାଳ ଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ପଣ୍ଡା, romanized: Gopāḷa Chandra Paṇḍā, Odia: [gopaːɭɔ t͡ʃɔnd̪ɾɔ pɔɳɖaː] ; born 1940) is a Guru of Odissi classical music, vocalist, researcher and composer. A disciple of Singhari Shyamsundar Kar, he has authored several books such as Odissi Raga Ratnabali & Odissi Raga Darpana,[1] and is acclaimed for his efforts to collect & document several traditional Odissi ragas from the hinterlands. Panda served as a lecturer and head of department in the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya for nearly three decades. He has performed in music festivals across the country[2] and is the founder of the Gopal Panda Odissi Academy. In 2011, Panda received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contributions to Odissi music.[3][4]

Panda started his initial training in Odissi music from his father Nilamani Panda and his elder brother Nandakishore Panda. He continued his training under Guru Damodar Panda and Adiguru Singhari Shyamsundar Kar. He served as a lecturer in the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya from 1972 onwards, and as the head of the Odissi music department from 1984 to 1998.[2][3][5] Panda's disciples are among the foremost exponents of Odissi music in the present times, including Guru Ramhari Das,[6] Mitali Chinara and Binod Bihari Panda. His daughters Sangita Panda and Sarita Panda are renowned vocalists.

He has collected and documented traditional compositions in over a hundred Ragas in his published works.[2][7] Panda's compositions are widely sung in Odissi music recitals and employed in Odissi dance. He has worked closely with the founding Gurus of Odissi dance, including Guru Deba Prasad Das and toured around the globe as the chief singer for recitals of Indrani Rahman, one of the first professional Odissi dancers.[2][8][1] Panda has also composed all the ashtapadis of Jayadeva's Gitagovinda following the original Raga-Tala indications of the 12th-century poet, in an attempt to approximate a reconstruction of the same.[2]

Life

Pt. Gopal Chandra Panda performing with his daughter Smt. Sangita Panda

Gopal Chandra Panda was born in the village of Ramakrusnapura in the Bhadrak district of Odisha in 1940. His father Nilamani Panda initiated him into Odissi music, and his elder brother Nandakishore Panda continued his musical training. He further learned Odissi music under Guru Damodar Panda and Gayakaratna Guru Singhari Shyamsundar Kar. Panda also learned Hindustani music from Pt. Kundala Adinarayana and Pt. Gobind Chandra Paluskar.[2][3][7][9]

He received a Senior Research Fellowship from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India for his research on Odissi music.[3][5]

Research & institution

Panda established the Gopal Panda Odissi Academy, through which he imparts training in Odissi classical music to students. The academy has brought out several volumes of his research publications and accompanying audio recorded renditions by vocalists.[10]

Annual festival

Every year, the academy organises an annual festival showcasing solo & group recitals of traditional Odissi ragas, Odissi dance performances and a comparative recital of a selected Raga by eminent musicians of the three streams of Indian classical music : Odissi, Hindustani & Carnatic. Guru Singhari Samman and Bhagabati Smruti Samman awards are conferred to musicians and musicologists.[8] Nationally renowned artistes of Odissi music,[8][10][11] such as Guru Ramhari Das, Guru Dhaneswar Swain (Odissi Mardala), Guru Sachidananda Das (Odissi Mardala) and of Hindustani & Carnatic music, such as Pt Vidyadhar Vyas, Pt K Vageesh, Sudha Raghunathan have performed in the festival. Among the dancers who have presented in the festival are Kumkum Mohanty, Madhavi Mudgal, Sujata Mahapatra, Meera Das, Ileana Citaristi, Ranjana Gauhar, Aloka Kanungo, Ramli Ibrahim, Durga Charan Mohanty, Leena Mohanty, Niranjan Rout.[12][13][11][14]

Among the ragas elaborated in past editions of the annual festival are Abhiri, Bangala, Basanta, Bichitra Desakhya, Chinta Kamodi, Debakiri, Dhanasri, Goudi, Khambabati, Khanda Kamodi, Krusna Kedara, Madhukiri, Malaba, Mangala Kamodi, Mohana Kedara, Punnagabaradi, Ramakiri, Sindhu Kamodi, Tara.[8][10][11][12]

Among the dance items presented in past editions of the festival are :[8][9][11][12]

Recipients of Guru Singhari Samman

Source:[8][13][14]

Recipients of Bhagabati Smruti Samman

Source:[8][13][14]

Recipients of Guru Gopal Panda Yuva Pratibha Samman

Awards and honours

See also

References

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  2. ^ a b c d e f Panda, Pt. Gopal Chandra (2004). Odisi Raga Ratnabali ओडिसी राग रत्नावली (in Hindi). Bhubaneswar.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e "Sangeet Natak Akademi : Gopal Chandra Panda". Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Gopal Ch. Panda to receive Sangeet Natak Akademi award". OdishaTV. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  5. ^ a b Parhi, Kirtan Narayan (2005). Odisi Sangitara Itihasa (in Odia). Bhubaneswar: Jayadev Foundation Trust.
  6. ^ "About Guru Ramhari Das". Ramahari Das Odishi Gurukul Trust. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  7. ^ a b Panda, Pt. Gopal Chandra (December 2011). Odisi Raga Darpana (in Odia). Bhubaneswar.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Book to popularise Odissi ragas - Gopal Chandra Panda brings out his 40 years of research on music". The Telegraph. 16 October 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  9. ^ a b Venkataraman, Leela (22 April 2019). "Odishi Raga Utsav - Taalam". narthaki.com. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  10. ^ a b c Ganesh, Deepa (28 November 2019). "From the land of Jagannatha". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  11. ^ a b c d Sinha, Manjari (9 November 2018). "For the love of Odissi ragas". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  12. ^ a b c Sinha, Manjari (3 May 2019). "In solidarity with Odissi". The Hindu. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  13. ^ a b c "Odissi ragas take centre stage at concert". The Times of India. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  14. ^ a b c "Guru Gopal Panda Odissi Academy to honour Minati Mishra, Lata Gosh & Srinivas Satapathy". India Whispers. 9 December 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  15. ^ "Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademy Award Winners (1970-2012)" (PDF). Odisha Reference Annual - 2011. Government of Odisha: 104–108. 2011.
  16. ^ "Noted singer Dr Gopal Chandra Panda felicitated with Ila Panda Smaraki Sangeet Samman | OTV News". OdishaTV. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2020.