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BBF plan to observe Bhajan Samrat's birthday

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String of programmes to mark year-long celebrations

CUTTACK: The Bhikari Bal Foundation (BBF) formed to spread the contributions and achievements of Bhajan Samrat Bhikari Bal is going to celebrate the legendary singer's 81 {+s} {+t} birthday on July 7 here with a slew of programmes. The living legend turned 82 on May 25 this year.

“The Foundation has decided to organise several functions across the State throughout the year to celebrate the 81 {+s} {+t} birthday of Bhikari Bal”, informed the president of Foundation and the legendary singer's son Ashok Bal here recently. As part of this year-long celebration, Cuttack programme would be the first in this endeavour, he added.

He said an exhibition displaying awards, mementoes, citations and photographs of Bhikari Bal would be held inside the Gundicha temple on the bank of river Kathajodi near Belleview.

“The exhibition would be inaugurated by Kendrapada MP Baijayant Panda in presence of Kendrapada legislator Sipra Mallick, Cuttack city MLA Debashis Samantray and Cuttack Collector Kishore Kumar Mohanty”, the foundation chief said.

Besides, a State-level bhajan competition would also be held on the temple premises in the evening where the participants would sing only the bhajans of the Bhajan Samrat, Mr Ashok added saying that the competition would be held for both school and college students in two separate categories. The participants are to register their names with the Foundation by July 3 and must attend the audition to be held at Aum Recording Studio here on July 6, said a release issued by the Foundation.

Three singers in each category would be awarded with citation and cash awards at a function to be held in the same evening at the venue where the Shankaracharya of Gobardhan Peeth of Puri Swami Nischilananda Saraswati would attend along with several sadhus and sanyasis.

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