Rabindra Sangeet will live forever
Anima Roy, a professor in the Music and Drama Department of Jagannath University, is also a principal of a music school. Not just that, the Tagore singer has long been in the music industry with her melodious voice. She recently released her solo album on the occasion of Rabindra Jayanti celebrations.
In a recent conversation, The Daily Star talked to Anima about the album.
Tell us about your latest project.
Anima: “Robir Alo” is my fifth solo album. Prothush Bandopadhyay of Kolkata is the music composer of the album, that was released under the banner of Impress Audio Vision.
Which Tagore songs have you chosen for your album?
Anima: The main elements of Rabindra Sangeet -- love, nature and worship -- are rendered here. I tried to sing the songs from the depths of my heart. I hope music lovers will receive the album warmly.
Tell us about your tutelage?
Anima: I learned music primarily from Debasish Chakrabarty, Sadhon Chandra Barman and Surbani Lalitakala Academy. Later, I trained under Waheedul Haque, Sanjida Khatun and Mita Haque. Finally, I completed a Rabindra Sangeet course from Chhayanaut.
You have also taught music?
Anima: I taught at Mastermind and Sunnydale schools. Besides, I was a part-time teacher at the Drama Department of Dhaka University. I also run a music school named Surbahar.
How will you celebrate the 25th of Boishakh thisyear?
Anima: As it is Rabindra Jayanti, I will spend the entire day immersed in music. I will also perform in live programmes on a few TV channels.
What is your philosophy of music?
Anima: One can never sing to plan, as it is a God-gifted art. I want to sing quality songs. As I am a dedicated Tagore singer, I believe Rabindra Sangeet will live forever.