Versatility of a singer under spotlight
Seasoned singer Iffat Ara Nargis performed in a two-hour long solo programme that aired on Radio Mahananda on the day of Eid-ul Azha. Radio Mahananda (98.8 FM band) is a community radio based in Chapainawabganj.
Nargis started her performance by dedicating the programme to her music guru Ustad Abdul Aziz Bachchu, as tribute. The artiste rendered an array of songs on the live programme. She first sang “Priyotomeshu Ononto Bhalobasha Nao” from her audio album “Ononto Bhalobasha” that was released in 1987. Rendition of several adhunik songs followed.
Next Nargis presented a DL Roy song “Tumi Je Pran-er Bondhu” and an Atul Prasad composition “Murli Kandey Radhey Radhey Boley”. The singer also performed two Nazrul Sangeet -- “Poth Cholitey Jodi Chokitey” and “Shokhi Shajaye Rakhlo” on request.
Some members of the audience, such as noted singer Andrew Kishore and the Deputy Commissioner of Chittagong phoned the singer during her live performance. Nargis' repertoire also included the song “Tumi Na Hoy Rohitey Kachhey”, originally recorded by iconic Indian singer Sandhya Mukhopadhyay; a Hason Raja composition “Nesha Lagilo Rey”; a Lalon Geeti “Ego Kul-e Shyam-er Prem-e” and a popular Baroshiya (folk genre of Rajshahi region) song “Abal Kaler Sawdagor”.
Nargis has eight solo audio albums to her credit. Her latest albums “Jeney Shuney Koro Pirit” (Lalon Geeti) and a Hamd-Naat CD (featuring Islamic songs, mostly composed by Kazi Nazrul Islam) are in the audio market. The artiste has been practising and promoting traditional Bangla songs with a deep commitment for the last 46 years.
Nargis can render songs in eight foreign languages. She presented three songs in Farsi, Hindi and Korean on the show as well.
Iffat Ara Nargis is an avid collector of music. She has a number of folk music (Bangladesh and West Bengal, India) collections. The singer also presented songs from Mymensingha Geetika and songs of the mystique bard Ramesh Sheel (of Chittagong).
Dr. Kajol, a physician who works for Unicef in Sri Lanka, anchored the programme.