The melodious journey of a magical voice that captivates the hearts of millions.
Her versatility pans through folk, religious, contemporary, and classical music. She currently resides in Bhubaneswar, India, but gains her roots from Cuttack, Orissa where she studied at the Shailabala Women’s College.
Susmita Das is a popular name in India, particularly in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Dehradun, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Jharkhand. She has more than 500 live performances and several thousands of fans following her in this part of India. Her mission has been to attract young and serious listeners to meaningful music based on high quality lyrics. Her forte has been soulful music with meaningful lyrics, which seeks to revive interest of listeners and audiences to quality based writings in musical compositions – a marked feature of the yesteryears.
She is a regular artist with All India Radio, Doordarshan and many other private television and radio (including FM) channels; and often as a presenter or judge for musical programs. She is one of the best known voices of eastern and central India and has been recognized in various regional, national, and international forums. Susmita has been able to provide a completely new dimension to Indian music. She has been a pioneer in presenting classic literary creations as songs. Constantly striving to promote music with meaningful and soul stirring lyrics she has been the heartthrob of meaningful music-lovers world over. Whether it is recreating the aura of yesteryears through reinventing classics or the recapitulation of popular numbers that have faded over the years Susmita’s initiatives are painstakingly thought over and carefully rolled out. Susmita’s range includes light musicals, semi-classical, devotional, folk, traditional, and even mystic and mesmeric. So far, she has cut 20 original music albums in Odia and Hindi.
In 2007, Susmita shot into prominence after she performed at the Odisha Society of Americas (OSA) Convention held in Detroit, USA where she released her first album “Maya Darpan”.
Maya Darpan’ is based on the sensuous poems written by Dr. Mayadhar Mansingh, the uncrowned prince of Odia love Poems. This album was released in the convention of Orissa Society of Americas in Detroit in 2007.
‘Hati Saja Kara’ is a collection of 16 modern poems written by Sri Devdas Chhotray, arguably the best odia poet of current generation.
‘Nua Luha Puruna Luha- An alchemy of tears’ is an experiment with composing ghazals in Odia. The ghazals have been written by Sri Devdas Chhotray.
‘Raag-Bairag’ is a bouquet of 16 Hindi devotional songs based on the creations of Meera Bai and Kabir. For this endeavor she was felicitated in the Kumbha Mela in Haridwar in 2010.
‘Radio Days’ is an album with 18 radio songs composed by legendary Akshaya Mohanty and penned by Devdas Chhotray, many of which are no longer available in any form including in the archives of All India Radio. This album was released in the Annual Convention of OSA in 2012 at Seattle, USA to a rousing response of the audience.
‘Rubai’, the Oriya version of Edward Fitzerald’s ‘Rubaiyyat’, is based on the classic literary creation of Omar Khaiyyam in the 12th century. This album was also released as a short video film.
‘Gotie Sari’ is a collection of typical Odia writing composed in signature folk tunes of different parts of the country- even one song is based on Latino music.
Hrudaya Ballabha- a collection of 12 Jagannath Bhajans. 6 of the songs are written and composed by the legendary musician Padmashree Prafulla Kar and the rest 6 are traditional Bhajans composed by Mr. Om Prakash Mohanty a Top-grade composer of the Prasar Bharati.
‘Seasons’ is a bouquet of 7 love songs based on the 6 seasons of the year and the last one is on the ‘Season of Love’ which embraces all the seasons of the year.
‘Deha Videha’ is a bouquet of eight contemporary mystic poems from the monumental work of Haraprasad Das that seeks to recreate the resonance of the metaphors expressed and immanent in Tantrik Buddhism, once extensively preached and practised in Odisha (7th to 12th Century AD). In the video film, which is available in Youtube the eminent sand artist Padmashree Sudarsan Patnaik has aptly captured the themes of each song.
‘Madhura e Chanda Rati’ is a tribute to Balakrushna Das and has 8 immortal Odia songs of yesteryear.
‘Kuchh Dil Ne Kaha’ is an album of 16 melodious Hindi Film songs mostly from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
‘Swabhiman’ has 6 songs sung by special children. This is an effort to instill self confidence and self confidence in talented artists who are visually handicapped. Susmita Das has also sung in this album along with them.
‘Songs conveying Social Messages’ she has several musical presentations on social and contemporary issues from time to time. To name a few: “Aau Nakara Bahana” on Odia pride, “Aamaku Pariba Kie” on Odia resilience to face natural disasters, “Hum Jiyenge” giving message for conserving our environment, “Sharira” dedicated to women particularly Mothers, “Swachhchha Bharat” on Cleanliness, “Vaisnav Jana” a tribute to Gandhiji, “Aei Desha aei Mati” an inspirational patriotic song, “Ama Rasagola” asserting Odisha’s claim on the origin of the juicy Indian dessert, “Parbana” a welcome song for Goddess Durga.
She regularly performs in stage shows and cultural events and has been felicitated all over India and abroad, in the USA, Canada, Srilanka, and the Middle East on several occasions.
She was appointed as a member of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) with effect from 30 October 2015.
She has been empanelled in the Reference Panel Artistes of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Ministry of Culture to represent the country in overseas cultural exchange programmes.
She has received several awards and felicitations which include: Chhattisgarh State Award, Akhyay Samman, Namami Suramani Raghunath Award, Bhajan Samrat Bhikari Bal Award by Natraj Sangeet Vidyalaya, Dhenkanal, Blakrushna Dash Foundation Award, Canada Association of Odias, Odisha Society of Odisha, Odisha Society of UK, Prabsi Odia Samaj Abu Dhabi, Certificate of Honour by Odia Samaj Bangkok, Kuwait Odia Samaj, Utkal Utsav, Puri, Zilla Mahotsav, Angul, Odisha Association, New Delhi, Mashal Pratibha Samman, NALCO Swacchata award, Shatabdi Samman by Odisha International Center, Shaptasajya Award, Shree Jagannath Mandir, New Delhi, Chinta O Chetana, Bhubaneswar, Bright Odisha Foundation Award, All India Forest Sports Meets at Dehradun, Jaipur, Raipur and Bhubaneswar, Voice of Odisha Award, Mehfil Award, Kumbha Mela, Dehradun, Kurud Dusserra Mahotsav Award, Chhattisgarh, Kulu Dussera Award, Utlkal Association of Madras, Dooradarshi Samman, Time-pass award on 4 consecutive years, Tapaswini Samman, M R Production Award, Rotary Clubs in Chhatishgarh, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, Nari Kalyan Samman, Upendra Bhanja Samman, Odisha Bira Mahasangha Samman, Geet Tarang Biju Patnaik Award, Madhur Jhankar Award, Abhinandanika Samman, Manan Award, Bhubaneswar, Pancham Manapatra, Felicitation by St Xavier School, Jeypore, Bilaspur and Cuttack, Lucknow Odia Samaj Award, Kumar Utsav Samiti, Puri, Prabashi Bhasa Samman, Maharashtra State Electricity Board-Mumbai, Indo-German Club-Rourkela, National Forest Academy-Dehradun, Wildlife Institute of India-Dehradun, Mahanadi Coal Fields Ltd.-Sambalpur, Aditay Aluminum-Sambalpur, OCL-Rajgangpur, Bhubaneswar Club-Bhubaneswar, Mahanadi Club-Sambalpur, Cuttack Club-Cuttack, Indian Police Service Association-Cuttack, Indian Forest Service Association-Bhubaneswar, Ratha Yatra Committee-Dhenkanal, Indian Federation of United Nations’ Association-Orissa Chapter, National Metallurgical Laboratory-Jamshedpur, Uranium Corporation Ltd-Jaduguda and more.