By Express News Service
Published: 16th February 2015
BHUBANESWAR: ‘Deha-Videha’, a musical album based on the history of Buddhism in Odisha, was released at International Conference on Buddhist Heritage here.
Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Panda and Secretary Arabinda Kumar Padhee released the album which, for the first time, captures the rich institution of ‘Tantrik Buddhism’ in the State.
The lyrics for ‘Deha-Videha’ are penned by acclaimed poet Haraprasad Das while the music is rendered by well-known composer Om Prakash Mohanty while Odia vocalist Susmita Das has lent her voice to the songs in the album. The programme also included a live performance by Das.
The album is a celebration of realisation of ‘Shunyata’ (emptiness) which is the key element of ‘Vajrayana’ and is based on the metaphorical allusions of ‘Siddhacharyas’ of Odisha.