Shusmita Anis’s album re-released in memory of Kamal Das Gupta and Firoza Begum | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, July 28, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 28, 2019

Shusmita Anis’s album re-released in memory of Kamal Das Gupta and Firoza Begum

The album titled Smrityr Uddeshshe was released in 1998 by Kamal Das Gupta and Pranab Roy, with 10 modern songs sung by Shusmita Anis.

All songs on this album were composed by Kamal Das Gupta, and written by Pranab Roy. It was directed by one of the greatest musical exponents of Bangladesh, Firoza Begum. The Gramophone Company of India Limited released the album, under the banner of Raga Music.

On July 26, the release ceremony of the new edition of this album was held in Kolkata.

“Instead of re-recording, I tried to bring this album to the audience in its original version as it has an archival value,” says Shusmita, “Transferring the songs from cassette to CD was a big challenge. I got the digital right two years ago from Raga and worked on restoring the original sound, while keeping my voice intact. It took a whole year to process this.”

Kamal Das Gupta and Firoza Begum are both legendary musicians of the Indian subcontinent. Today marks both of the maestros’ birthday.

“She (Firoza Begum) taught me to sing those songs properly before recording. I am grateful to the creator for giving me the opportunity to sing these songs. I am very happy that I can release the album again on this auspicious occasion,” says Shusmita Anis.  

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