Radharamon’s songs presentedCultural Correspondent
Mystic lyrics and the depth of the melody guided the audience to feel the divine love as talented singer Zannat-e Ferdausi rendered Pagol monre bujhaibo kemne. The soothing melody of bamboo flute that accompanied her rendition created the ambiance of the vast and calm waters where there is no touch of materialism.
As she presented the middle stave of the song, composed by Radharamon Dutta, the audience felt the real taste of vasishna music tradition that urges eternal love through human emotion.
An array of Radharamon Dutta’s songs had been presented by seasoned and young artistes on Monday at the Music and Dance Centre of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy as part of a series programme to preserve and popularise wonderful music treasures of the great bards and composers of the country.
Audience at the programme was moved by wonderful music created by Radharamon, most of which highlight divine love through the characters of Krishna and Radha. The distinctive music created by Radharamon Dutto, however, is different from the other followers of the vaishnavism tradition in terms of lyrics and composition: his lyric is very simple and touchy and his music represents the depth of the vast haor areas of the greater Sylhet region, where he born grew and practiced his music living an ascetic life.
Orey rashik naiya, a song presented by Biman Chandra Biswas, truly represents the essence of the music genius. Another song Nabodwipe premer bazaar boshechhe also rendered by Biman comparatively in fast tempo and influenced kirtan music genre, reflects the philosophy vaishnavism.
Since Radha-Krishna is a major theme of Radharamon Dutt’s music, flute is logically a dominating instrument. And different types of bansi [bamboo flute] played by Maniruzzaman with the songs such as O bashire shyam chander bashi and O pran binere amar, both presented by seasoned singer Dilruba Khan, was just mind blowing.
Another seasoned singer Kanon Bala Sarkar presented Piriti bishom jala and ekhon keno rai kanditechhe in fast tempo at the programme.
Radharamon Dutta’s one of the most popular song Bhromor koiyo giya was presented by Biswajit Roy. He also rendered Amarte ashibar katha koiya.
Anima Mukti Gomez, the first singer of the evening, presented Amar bandhu dayamoy and Ami robo na.
Earlier Dr Tapon Bagchi discussed on life and works of legendary bard Radharamon Dutta.
Radharamon Dutta (1833-1916) from greater Sylhet region is a great bard. He composed over 2,000 songs, many of which are practiced and performed by the urban musicians these days.
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