Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Rangabati remix, which has committed offence against Orissa’s State Anthem too, has been condemned by every Oriya who honors the distinction of Orissa in maintaining archaically significant specimens of her artistic and literary excellence.
There was a time, when culture vultures in neighboring states were claiming superiority over Oriya language. The issue was settled in Linguistic Survey of India where it was declared that the “Oriya language can boast of a rich vocabulary in respect of which neither Bengali nor Hindi nor Telugu can vie with it”. Years after, Bengal’s famous linguist Dr. Suniti Kumar Chatterjee compared Oriya language with the languages of her neighborhood and declared, “Of these three speeches – Oriya, Bengali and Assamees – Oriya has preserved a great many archaic features in both grammar and pronunciation; and it may be said without travesty of linguistic truth that Oriya is the eldest of the three sisters, when we consider the archaic character of the language (I.H.Q. Vol. XXIII, 1947, p. 337).
So, the strength of Oriya lies in preservation of its unique works of literature, the speaking part of which is Orissa’s folk songs like Rangabati. Its uniqueness has been tampered with under filthy design of the avaricious rich under the banner of M.Tv.
This is blatant assault on the very libretto of the immensely popular song of Orissa by a gang in song business. This is song industry’s offensive onslaught on archaically important Rangabati song as well as on the State Anthem Vande Utkala Janani. YouTube is a platform where videos on incest sex spreads in unfathomable speed. No wonder the Rangabati remix is getting massive hits in YouTube. As incest sex is not the proof of legality because of hits the videos thereof gain in the internet platform, so also Ragabati remix, despite the heavy hits in YouTube, is not legal.
Every Oriya, conscious and proud of his/her belonging to Orissa, the unique land of preservation of her literary and musical distinction as mentioned supra, should wake up against this nefarious mischief of the new gang of tin pan alleys that has made and spread the Rangabati remix.
Eminent Editor Rabi Kanungo Condemns the Mischief
There is a brilliant editorial on the mischief in 9th July edition of Orissa’s major daily Suryaprava, authored by its editor Rabi Kanungo. He has held the supporters of the remix as similar to a son who presents to his mother a different person as his father after implanting his head on the neck of that man. As people of Orissa are keeping their eyes on the mischief, I am putting here the copy of the said editorial.