Almost everyday this season, Bhubaneswar witnesses cultural events. But the city on 19 Nov 2011 was enchanted with a grand musical extravaganza as the Territorial Army in the evening presented a Fusion Orchestra, the band playing a wide range of tunes at Utkal Mandap of the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya, while celebrating its 62nd Anniversay.

It was a melodious harmony of Martial music, Patriotic songs, Western and Indian classical, Contemporary and Folk Tunes, presented by 80 musicians live in 25 performances.

When Subedar RB Thapa conducted the tunes of Jana Gana Mana, Raag Yaman, Abide With Me and Sare Jahan Se Achha tunes with Brass, Nischay Kar Apni Jeet Karun, Dil Hoom-Hoom Kare, Zindegi Pyar Ka Geet and TA Song with Brass and Vocal, Hindi tune – Pyar Ka Nagma with Instrumental, Bhala Sipya with Pipe and Brass, Resham Firiri with Flute and Violin and Dhano Dhanya Puspe Bhara in Vocal, Subedar Major Ramessh Singh conducted Patriotic tune with Zazz, Kandhoon Se Milte Hain Kandhe and Chhu Kar Mere Man Ko with Brass and Vocal, Light of Freedom and Jana Gana Mana (slow and regular) with Brass and Mozarat with Violin, Singers Havildar P. Sengupta presented Pukar Ta Chala Hun Main and Badii Door Se Aoya Hai , Sipoy S. Sarkar Ye Jamin Gaa Rahi Hai, Hav. S.K. Ghatak Jab Koi Baat Bigar Jai, Jitendra Harpal Rangabati and Laxmikant Palit Bande Utkal Janani.

The event was organized for the first time in Orissa (now Odisha under a misconceived Act) by 120 Infantry Battalion (TA) BIHAR that came to Bhubaneswar during its Bharat Parikrama program as a part of its performance in 22 cities addressed to national integration and to arousing sense of patriotism and increasing overall awareness amongst youth about Territorial Army and the Army.

The musicians played instruments as varied as Woodwinds, Percussions, Strings, Brass, Pipe with elaw.

A mix of Indian and Western tunes that emerged from the Flute, Piccolo, Bassoons, Corner, French horns, Trumpets, Saxophones, Tabala and Santoor made the evening memorable.

“It was really eclecticism at its best. The band performed very nicely and set the perfect mood for the evening” said Governor M C Bhandare, who graced the occasion as Chief Guest.

Photographs courtesy of Colonel S.K.Padhi, Second-in-Command, Commanding Officer, 120 Infantry Battalion (TA) BIHAR, Bhubaneswar.

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