Surtirtha’s Tagore music programme endsCultural Correspondent
Surtirtha’s two-day programme featuring Tagore’s special types of songs those he composed being influenced by different genres of popular songs expressed as bhangar gaan, attracted huge audience on the concluding day event at the National Museum Auditorium on Saturday.
The evening offered folk and classical music’s influence on Tagore. Artistes of Surtirtha presented the original folk and classical music tracks and Tagore’s bhangar gaan as well.
The main attraction of the concluding day programme, however, was leading Tagore singer Mita Haque’s presentation of two songs.
With her soothing tone Mita Haque began to render Tagore’s melancholic number Baje karun surey. Esraj artiste Shubhayu Majumder also did a commendable job in reinforcing the glum
created by the seasoned singer while rendering the song. Mita Haque again mesmerised the audience by singing Tagore’s song E parabashe.
The programme was divided into two phases: first phase featured Tagore songs, pradeshik songs and Hindustani classical songs of different styles such as thumri and tappa while the second phase offered baul and folk music and its influence on Tagore.
The programme began with a chorus presentation of a classical song Badyo badyo. It was followed by the troupe members’ presentation of the Tagore’s version titled Baje baje ramyabina baje.
Semanti Manjari rendered Tagore’s popular raga based song E ki labanye purna prano and subsequently Farhin Khan Jayita brilliantly presented the original track Lavanyi rama in Tamil language.
Young singer Sukanta, just like the opening day’s performance, again enthralled the audience with a classical number Nidu charanmule based on South Indian raga singhendramahyam which has influence over the former song.
In this phase popular Tagore numbers like Anandoloke mangal aloke, Charandhwani shuni tabo, Tomarei koriacchi and others along with the original; classical pieces had been presented.
The audiences seemed to enjoy the second phase even more as the folk and baul songs are more attached to their emotion. Baul song Dekhechhi rupsagare moner manush had been presented in duet by Jayita and Anima while Nandita and Badhan rendered the Tagore version Bhenge mor gharer chabi.
Both the folk song Mon majhi samal samal and its Tagore version Ebar tor mora gange presented in chorus by the Surtirtha artistes, fascinated the crowd. In this phase, traditional tune of banshi presented by Abdul Hakim touched the hearts of the audience.
The programme was wrapped up with the chorus presentation of Gagan Harkara’s baul song Ami kothai pabo tare, the tune of which influenced the melody of our national anthem Amar Sonar Bangla, composed by Tagore.
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