Songs of Life
The third day's programme (February 10) of â€œBangla Gaan-er Utshab -- Kolkata 2013â€ attracted huge turnout, especially the young, as it was a weekly holiday here.
Bangladeshi artistes -- Nabonita, Gaurob, Krishnakali, Arko and Arnob worked the Kolkata audience with jibonmukhi gaan and folk fusion.
Nabonita and Gaurob first took the stage to perform several folk songs, originally composed by Bangladeshi mystic bards Fakir Lalon Shai, Hason Raja, Radharaman and Doorbin Shah.
Nabonita started with a Tagore song, â€œAmar Mukti Aloy-e Aloy-eâ€, and then moved on to a Lalon number â€œEmon Soubhaggoâ€ and Hason Raja compositions â€œRoop Dekhilam Nayaneâ€, â€œAharey Shonali Bondhu Reyâ€. Nabonita also explained the lyrics of the Lalon song â€œPaar-e Ke Jabi Nobir Noukatey Aayeâ€ prior to performing it. The audience seemed convinced with her interpretation and performance.
Gaurob also spoke on the baul philosophy -- gurutatwo and dehotatwo -- before performing a Lalon song â€œKhanchar Bhitor Ochin Pakhiâ€ and â€œDoyal Poroshmoniâ€, a Sylheti song composed by Kala Shai. His repertoire also included a Doorbin Shah song â€œNirjon Jamunar Kul-eâ€, a Lalon song â€œPaar Koro Doyalâ€ and an Ukil Munshi number â€œManush Dhoro Manush Bhojoâ€.
Arko, of the band Samogeet, performed their popular songs â€œRoder Haatâ€, â€œPiaâ€ and â€œHawaâ€. He also presented folk numbers -- â€œTaalpatar Bichhoinâ€, â€œEk Kheu Shutaâ€ -- and two popular contemporary jibonmukhi gaan â€œGangaburiâ€ and â€œBaniyechhi Dugdugiâ€, composed by Kafil Ahmed.
Noted artiste Krishnakali stood out with her performance of the songs -- â€œBondhu Tomar Chokher Majheyâ€, â€œIchchhey Moton Roudâ€ and â€œJao Pakhi Bolo Tareyâ€. Prior to performing the song â€œNachoto Kaliâ€, the humanist singer expressed her solidarity with the Delhi raped victim, urging all to stand by victims of gender violence. Bangladeshi instrumentalists -- Arko, Buno and Saad on guitar; Pantho Kanai on percussion; Nazrul on dhol and Jibon on keyboard -- produced apt musical rhythms. Krishnakali wrapped up her performance with the melodious â€œJao Haraoâ€. The audience gave her rounds of applause. Many expressed their reaction with â€œfatafatiâ€ (outstanding).
Shayan Chowdhury Arnob was the last performer of the night. The artiste started off with his own composition â€œHariye Giyechhiâ€ that illustrates his initial personal experience in Dhaka after moving back from Shantiniketan. Later the singer performed a Tagore song â€œMajhey Majhey Tabo Dekha Paiâ€, dedicating the song to the National Poet of Bangladesh, Kazi Nazrul Islam, to whom the entire festival is dedicated as well. Arnob captivated the audience with his cover of the folk songs â€œAmar Haar Kala Korlam Reyâ€ and â€œNao Chhariya Deyâ€ -- composed by Abbasuddin Ahmed and Polli-kobi Jasim Uddin respectively. With Mohammad Shoyeb, Arnob also presented a classical fusion set on Raga Megh. He also performed his composition â€œShey Je Boshey Achheyâ€ and the folk number â€œMon Torey Parlam Na Bujhaiteâ€. Buno, Saad, Pantho Kanai, Nazrul instrumentally accompanied the singer.
Noted actor and elocutionist Asaduzzaman Noor, MP; Bengal Foundation Chairman Abul Khair's mother Mamtaz Khaleq, along with ITC-Sangeet Research Academy gurus -- Padma Bhushan Pandit Buddhadev Dasgupta, Pandit Arun Bhaduri, Padma Bhushan Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan and Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar -- unveiled albums featuring Bangladeshi artistes. The organisers -- Abul Khair, Chairman of Bengal Foundation and Ravi Mathur, Executive Director of ITC-SRA -- were also present at the launch.
Today's festivities at the event have been themed on â€œRanbindra Sangeet and Adhunik Gaanâ€ and will feature performances by Bappa Mazumdar and Fahmida Nabi from Bangladesh, along with Shubhamita and Srikanta Acharya from India. The albums to be released today are Bappa Mazumdar's â€œAlponaâ€ and Fahmida Nabi's â€œDupurer Ekla Pakhiâ€.
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