Kabisurjya Baladeba Ratha

1789 - 1845

photo credits: Wikimedia Commons

genre:  Odissi music
native language:  Odia
languages spoken, written or signed:  OdiaSanskrit
occupation:  poet

Kabisurjya Baladeba Ratha (alternatively spelled Kabisurya, Kavisurya Baladev Rath, Odia: କବିସୂର୍ଯ୍ୟ ବଳଦେବ ରଥ, romanized: Kabisūrjya Baḷadeba Ratha, Odia: [kɔbisurd͡ʒjɔ bɔl̪ɔd̪ebɔ ɾɔt̪ʰɔ] ; c. 1789 – 1845) was an Indian poet who wrote in the Odia language, and a composer and musician of Odissi music, most known as poet-composer of the Champu. Kabisurjya has composed hundreds of songs in the tradition of Odissi music, employing unique traditional ragas & talas. His magnum opus Kisorachandrananda Champu is a cornerstone of the Odissi music repertoire & Kabisurjya is widely renowned for his masterful compositions. He wrote in both Sanskrit and Odia. His works are known for their devotional quotient and he is the credited founder of the Dhumpa Sangita tradition. Source: Wikipedia (en)

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