Mita Haque makes a comebackCultural Correspondent
Mita Haque, a dedicated soul of Rabindrasangeet, has initiated to programme to present Tagores songs, which are influenced by tunes of different genres of music expressed as bhangar gaan.
She along with her students of the music school Surtirtha will present bhangar gaan and also the classical, folk and western numbers those influenced Tagore to compose such songs in a two-day programme to be organised on tomorrow and day after.
‘It took a long time to collect all the staff notations of the original songs. And the enthusiastic students of Surtirtha worked hard to collect all the documents and records. I am training them,’ informed Mita Haque in an interview with New Age.
‘The programme also has an academic value as the students who usually deal with classical music and Tagore songs, are now practicing western and folk music. I’m sure this experience will add a great value to their musical career’, Mita further added.
The popular singer initiated the music school Surtirtha about 20 years back.
She was born in a rich cultural family: Tagore music exponents and famed singers Waheedul Haque is her uncle and Sanjida Khatun is her aunt. And her husband Khaled Khan is also a renowned actor and good Tagore singer.
Mita Haque has released more than a dozen of solo albums in her illustrious career. She has just completed recording of another solo album under the banner of the production house Orion from Kolkata.
These days she is also frequently appearing on Indian TV channels. ‘I’ve made a good comeback after a break for a while for personal reasons. I’m regular in live shows.’
On the current Tagore music scene in the country the accomplished singer said, ‘It’s good to see so many young people are interested in learning Rabindrasangeet these days. It’s also encouraging to find many promising singers whom we can depend on to carry the legacy of the authenticity of Tagore’s song.’
She also appreciates experimentation on Tagore song. ‘I welcome any kind of experimentation that upholds the true flavour of Rabindrasangeet. I cannot tolerate any distortion but I’m not worried about the malpractice which sometimes being conducted by some “vocalists-musicians”. I believe the listeners will automatically reject them with the course of time, because they have always nurtured the authenticity of Tagore song,’ Mita Haque said.
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