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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Rabindranath Tagore - A Flowing River

"Swardho-Janmoshatobarsho" ~ That is what is being celebrated today. Not only today, it is being celebrated throughout the past year and it will be celebrated all through the present one too. Pnochishe Boishakh or the 25th day of the Bengali month of Baishakh was the day on which Rabindranath Tagore, the God of emotions, was born. Yes, I call him the "God of Emotions", as to me emotions and Tagore are inseparable. The 25th day of Boishakh generally coincides with 9th, 10th or sometimes 8th May.

This year, i.e. in 2011, Tagore's Birthday is today - May 9, Monday. As I mentioned before, tributes, homages and celebrations are going on since the last year. Rituparno Ghosh plans to release his movie "NoukaDubi" based on an intriguing novel (having the same name) written by Tagore. He is also making "Chitrangada" and we are waiting eagerly for the celluloid adaptation of this well-known Tagore dance-drama. Raja Sen made "Laboratory", a movie on a Tagore story, last year. It was released a few months back.
Sometime around July-August 2010, the Bengali entertainment television channel Star Jalsa had started a fresh and appealing tele-serial titled "Gaaner Oparey" which became extremely popular, especially among the younger viewers. Well, that is what it was all about. The serial addressed the never-ending question of whether the younger generation      
A painting by the versatile genius.

"dekha hoy nai chokkhu meliya,
Ghor hote shudhu dui pa feliya
EkTi dhaan-er sheesh'er upor ekTi shishir bindu."
today find Rabindranath appealing. Tagore, as flowing and contemporary as life, has been comprehended with newer connotations by the youth of today and now with the withdrawal of the "copyright" limitations, experiments and ventures are in full throttle.

Young singers like Aniruddha Sasha Ghosal, who have moved from Toronto to Kolkata to learn and sing Rabindrasangeet, have revamped how Rabindrasangeet singers and stage-shows looked till a few years back. I happened to be present in one of his shows last year at the GD Birla Sabhaghar and was enthralled by the interactive quality of his singing. He is fresh, open-minded and can drive the audience crazy with his expressive voice-modulations and body language. Another young singer who surprised me pleasantly is Shaan. Yes, I am talking about the renowned Hindi playback singer who despite being a Bengali admittedly lacks exposure to Bengali music especially Rabindranath's songs. His first Rabindrasangeet album "Khola Hawa" was released in 2010 and his songs touched every listener's heart. How passionately he has sung them with all the right emotions at the right places!! The songs like "tomar Khola Hawa", "Praan Chaay Chokkhu Na chaay" and "Praano Bhoriye trisha Horiye" have become consistent chart-toppers in all the FM radio channels since the album's release in mid-2010. 

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