To revisit the musical memory lane of the 1960s and '70s when legendary actress Suchitra Sen was at the height of her popularity, The Daily Star yet once more organised a musical tribute to her at its AS Mahmud Seminar Hall on Pahela Falgun (February 13).
The featured artistes at the event included Fahim Hossain Chowdhury, Iffat Ara Nargis, Ferdous Ara, Parveen Sultana, Nasima Shaheen Fancy, Aniruddha Sengupta and Munir Chowdhury.
Sadya Afreen Mallick, Editor, Arts and Entertainment of The Daily Star, compered the event, sharing anecdotes and trivia of films enacted by Suchitra Sen and Uttam Kumar.
Fahim Hossain Chowdhury, together with Iffat Ara Nargis, set off the musical journey through the popular duet “Ei Poth Jodi Na Shesh Hoy”. The performance, along with the visual of the song, evoked romance in the hearts of the audience. The beautiful rendition of solo songs -- “Amar Swapne Dekha Rajkonya Thake”, “Shurer Akashey Tumi Je Go Shukotara” and “Aj Dujonar Duti Poth” by Fahim Hossain Chowdhury followed. Fahim Hossain's captivating rendition of “Shurer Akashey” earned him plaudits.
Iffat Ara Nargis' repertoire at the soiree included “Tumi Na Hoy Rohite Kachhey”, “Phuler Kaney Bhromor Aney” and “Ei Modhu Raat Shudhu Phul Papiar”. The singer showed her prowess while performing “Ei Modhu Raat” from the film “Sagarika”.
Ferdous Ara wove a garland of melody with a lovely song, “Ei Shundor Swarnali Sondhaye”, from the film “Hospital”. She performed two other songs, “Ke Tumi Amarey Dako” and “Aar Jeno Nei Kono Bhabona”, at the event.
Parveen Sultana's is a voice with a striking resemblance to the legendary Sandhya Mukhopadhyay's. The artiste started off with “Ghum Ghum Chand”. She also performed “Ami Swapney Tomaye Dekhechhi” in her captivating voice. Parveen Sultana did justice to the rather difficult song “Gaan-e Mor Kon Indradhonu” from the film “Agniporikkha”.
Aniruddha Sengupta impressed the audience with his performance of “Surjo Dobar Pala”. The artiste's rendition left the audience enthralled.
Munir Chowdhury impressed with his solo rendition of the song “Jhor Uthechhey Baul Batash”. The number, originally recorded by Hemanta Mukherjee, was from the film “Shapmochan”. A melodic symphony was created towards the end of the rendition while the singer, with the keyboardist, did a musical high.
Nasima Shaheen with Aniruddha Sengupta mesmerised the packed hall with a duet, “Neer Chhoto Khoti Nei”. The artiste later superbly performed “E Shudhu Gaan-er Din”, beautifully mingled with a harmonic synchronisation with instrumental accompaniment. Nasima Shaheen wrapped up the musical soiree with “Jani Na Furabey Kobe”.
Every artiste, attired in the colours of Spring, stood out at the event.
Former adviser to the caretaker government Rasheda K. Chowdhury, former ambassador Syed Muazzam Ali, retired civil servant Sakhawat Hossain, Editor of The Daily Star Mahfuz Anam and Executive Editor Syed Badrul Ahsan were among others who recalled the various facets of the life and times of Suchitra Sen.