Rabindharanth Tagore, in his timeless song Krishnakoli Ami Tarei Boli spoke of a beautiful dark skinned girl, to who a poet may ask, Kalo? Ta Shey Jotoi Kalo Houk; Dekhechhi Taar Kalo Horin Chokh. This imagery was brought to life by the renowned Bangladeshi singer Bulbul Islam on the second day of the Bangla Utshab, held at Nazrul Mancha, Rabindra Sarobar in Kolkata, India.
Bangladeshi tabla artiste Enamul Haque Omar and Indian flautist Bubai Nandi further embellished the song, producing apt musical pieces to suit the extraordinary closing day. The singer also mesmerised the audience with songs Tumi Sondhar O Megho Mala and Shongshoyo Timiro Majhe.
Acclaimed Indian Singer Jayati Chakraborty won hearts of many with her rendition of Tagore songs. The emotive expression of an enamoured heart, which is the core of the song, Amar Ei Poth Chawatei Ananda, came alive with Jayati's magic. Her voice soothed the audience, as she sang Borisho Dhora Majhe Shantiro Bari. The artiste wrapped up her part with the song Bipulo Torongo Rey. Indian singer Gautam Das Baul beautifully performed folk songs at the festival.
Seasoned Tagore singer Aditi Mohsin captivated the audience with songs like Tomaye Gaan Shonabo and Je Raate Mor Duarguli, while renowned artiste Laisa Ahmed Lisa rendered songs composed by four great poets –Tagore, DL Roy, Atul Prasad and Rajanikanta. Her repertoire included Chitto Pipashito Rey, Jagao Pothikey and Ami Bandhinu TomaTeerey.
Celebrated Bangladeshi singer Khairul Anam Shakil and famous Indian artiste Indrani Sen rendered Nazrul Sangeet at the festival, namely Tomar Aankhir Moto, Keno Aano Phulodor,Ei Moru Parer Hawa and Pashaner Bhangale Ghum, a song which Kazi Nazrul Islam himself recorded. He also brilliantly performed the song Mago Chinmoyi Roop Dhorey Aaye. Indrani's rendition of the Shyama Sangeet Mahakaler Kole Eshe Gouri Holo Mahakali was well appreciated by everyone as well.
Eminent singer and painter Iffat Ara Dewan rendered golden numbers Tomar Tulona Tumi Pran by Ramnidhi Gupta, commonly known as Nidhu Babu. She created a nostalgic ambience with the performance of the songs Badhona Torikhani, Hridoyer Potey Tomar Muroti, Dekha Holey Ei Obelaye, recorded by the legendary singers Angur Bala, Indu Bala and Kamola Jhoria respectively.
Well-known folk singer Chandana Majumdar fabulously performed songs Manush Chhara Khyapa Rey Tui, Joley Jaiyo Na Rey Rai and Jatikul Joubon Diyachhi, composed by Lalon, Radharaman and Shah Abdul Karim respectively. She also sang the film (Monpura) score Jao Pakhi Bolo Tare, which earned her the National Film Award.
As the showstoppers, the members of the Bangladeshi band Chirkutt, swayed the audience with their popular songs Morey Jabo, Jadur Shohor, Kanamachhi and Dunia. They started off their part with the patriotic number Dhono Dhanno Pushpe Bhora beginning with the instrumental offering of our National Anthem that spontaneously received a standing ovation from the audience. The small, yet interactive audience, including eminent artist Jogen Chowdhury and Bengal Foundation Chairman Abul Khair sang along with the band.
Bengal Group, Bandhan Bank, The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Nothing Beyond Cinema jointly organised the festival.