Clockwise (from top): Dwijen Mukhopadhyay receives his crest from Bangladeshi artistes; Nrityanchal artistes dance at the programme; the singer performs with Amina Ahmed.
Those who are well acquainted with Bengali music of the 1950s are familiar with his voice. With his quite “Hemanta [Mukherjee]-like” voice, he established himself as a deft Rabindra Sangeet and adhunik singer in the '50s. Now, even in his 80s, Dwijen Mukhopadhyay's voice is unwavering.
On November 12, cultural organisation Rabirag arranged an event to celebrate Dwijen Mukhopadhyay's 84th birthday. The celebration was held at National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Director of Rabirag and noted Rabindra Sangeet singer Sadi Mohammad presented bouquet and crest to the octogenarian artiste at the programme. A group rendition of the song, “Mor Shondha-e Tumi Shundorbeshey Eshechho”, by Rabirag artistes followed.
Artistes and personalities representing different cultural organisations and musical troupes like Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shammelan Parishad, Rabirashmi, Baitalik, Geeti Shudha, Uttarayan, Sangeet Shangathan Shammanay Parishad, Protoy, Protipalok, Mohiruho and Geetanjali also presented bouquets to the artiste on his birthday.
To commemorate his birthday, several artistes of Nrityanchal performed a dance piece.
On the occasion, the veteran artiste unveiled a duet album, titled “Chiro Jibon Boibo Gaan-er Dala” that features Rabindra Sangeet by Dwijen Mukhopadhyay and Bangladesh Singer Amina Ahmed. He also unveiled two other Rabindra Sangeet albums -- “Ki Mohashomarohe” and “Jani Tumi Mongolmoy”, featuring Amina Ahmed. All three albums have been produced by G-Series.
Dwijen Mukhopadhyay said, “I have travelled the world with my songs, have received love and respect from many, but I won't forget this day. Initially, I was reluctant about travelling to Bangladesh because of my physical complications. But I'm glad I changed my mind. I'm overwhelmed by your hospitality. As long as I live, I will remember Bangladesh. If my physical condition permits, I hope to visit Bangladesh again. I'm grateful to Rabirag and Sadi Mohammad.”
Comparing the practice of Rabindra Sangeet in Bangladesh and Paschimbanga, Dwijen Mukhopadhyay said, “The true practice of Tagore's songs continues here. You'll keep the tradition alive.”
Tagore singer Apala Basu (from Kolkata) accompanied Dwijen Mukhopadhyay. She performed two Tagore songs -- “Tumi Kemon Korey Gaan Koro Hey Guni” and “Jogot Jurey Udash Sur-e”.
Dwijen Mukhopadhyay took the stage last and performed several Rabindra Sangeet -- “Akash Bhora Shurjo Tara”, “Kanna Hashir Dol Dolano”, “Kholo Kholo Dar” and “Ogo Dekona Morey”. He also performed several classic adhunik songs at the event.