Eminent Odia poet and Sahitya Akademi Award winner Nirmala Devi’s six poems have been compiled into a music album, titled “Barnaraaga”. Comprising of six chosen poems, this Odia music album has been composed and sung by noted composer-singer Ratikant Satpathy.
Singer & Composer – Ratikant Satpathy
Poem – Nirmala Devi
Recording – Symphony Digital, Cuttack
Music Arrangement – Nitya Sriranjan
Musicians – Radhakanta Nanda, Iraj Rath, Samuel Khuntia & Dichen Nayak
Background Vocal – Antara Chakrabarty
Visual Direction and Editing – Jyoti Sankar Singh
Camera – Sujitav Narayan Mohapatra
Assistant cameraman – Tulasi Pradhan
Vfx Animation – Anil Kumar Bag
Featuring – Sudhasri and Sibashankar
Married to a civil servant at an early age in the pre-independence era, Nirmala Devi led a homely life of bringing up her children and taking care of the household. However, every now and then, she would pen down wisps of her creative thoughts in form of verses on titbits of paper scraps and keep them in person, tied at the end of her saree pallu. She would steal moments of quietude to improvise on them and thus were born thousands of poems, couplets and a few short stories.
Her poems are underlined with layers of mysticism and connotation, laced with romanticism and divinity. Each poem can be interpreted in various ways; it can be a longing ode to the lover or even an invocation to the almighty. Written about four decades ago, the late poet’s words are eons ahead of her time.