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In the early seventeenth century, Shyamananda and Rasikananda Prabhus had preached all over Orissa, converting hundreds of villages into followers of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. They had a unique style of kirtan, quite distinct from the styles practiced by Srinivas Acarya and Narottama Das Thakur in Bengal and north-eastern India. This style which became very popular in Orissa is known as odisi-kirtan. Dinabandhu Giri, like his father and grandfather before him, was expert in odišI-kirtan. He performed kirtan all over Gadeigiri and the surrounding villages and was highly appreciated by the villagers. The Giri family was often invited to teach kirtan, thus they became known as kirtan gurus, instructing others in the performance of kirtan.