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Dr. Subas Pani
Dr. Subas Pani, well known scholar of Orissa’s cultural heritage with research interests in Jagannatha, Jayadeva and Geetagovinda, has composed music for Sampoorna Geetagovinda. He has done his Ph D on “Rediscovering Jayadeva and Shree Geetagovinda in the Context of Historical and Cultural Heritage of Orissa”. He has extensively studied all published music on Geetagovinda.
Dr. Pani treats Bhakti and Shringara as the warp and the weft – tana bana or warp and weft of Geetagovinda and Madhurya or nectarine sweetness as its hue. The music composed on this deep realization has attempted to capture the essential devotional character of Geetagovinda as an aid to Hari Smarana or remembrance of Hari. Prepared as an offering in surrender to Lord Jagannatha-Krishna, the composition itself is attempted as a pilgrimage, inspired by the ineffable lingering sweetness of the intimate personal relationship of Gopis and Radha with Krishna and Jayadeva’s own complete identification with Krishna Consciousness – Krishneikatanatmanah – that reverberates throughout Geetagovinda.
His recent publication – Blue Hill – Hymns to Jagannatha, a translation from original Sanskrit and Oriya in English verse with a comprehensive introduction on Jagannatha, Srimandira and Srikshetra, Puri has been critically acclaimed. His other publications include Orissa, Her Monuments and their Tales, Palm Leaf Illustrations of Orissa - a Selection from Orissa State Museum Jagannatha Consciousness (edited), and Balasore – Historical and Cultural Heritage (Edited). He has also written travel articles for Namaskar and Swagat. He is a regular television commentator for the national and international channels of Doordarshan for live telecast of Ratha Yatra, the annual Festival of Chariots of Jagannatha at Puri.
He is the architect of major cultural festivals and started the Kumar Utsav at Jeypore, the Mukteswar Dance Festival and Ekamra Utsav at Bhubaneswar and Srikshetra Utsav at Puri.
He is a senior administrator well known for his expertise in Systems, Information Technology, Elections and Planning. He has held with distinction prestigious assignments as Deputy Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India, Chief Secretary, Government of Orissa, Secretary Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India and Planning Commission of India.

Sampoorna Geetagovinda – the Festival
A two day festival of Vocal Music and Odissi Dance
Presenting the Complete Musical experience of Jayadeva's Geetagovinda
Venue: Stein Auditorium, New Delhi
October 5-6, 2008, Time 18:30

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