Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
In the year 1997, I came in touch with Rumadi personally. I used to go to her music class on every Saturday. After a few months I became a regular member of the choir. Yes, Rumadi’s personality which was the main reason which make the mark of CYC worldwide. She is not a singer only but a versatile genius lady with all qualities in her. A dancer, a coreographer, an actress, and also a successful mother in her personal family life.
Since that day I started visualizing myself at my old age. Might be I have achieved a target in my life in my professional career but whats the use as now I realize material world really makes us too selfish in parental relations. I still remember the day when I said Rumadi that I got job and leaving Calcutta. She only told me that “Biraj I don’t think it is good decision as you mother is not alive and father is alone here in Kolkata. But its your choice now.” Six years passed by now I am in Mumbai as my career demands that. I still never miss any annual show of the choir. But every time my heart fills with sorrow when I see my co-members singing on the stage and again I became one audience only.
Listen this song of the choir http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrLzVA97u8Q
Friday, April 10, 2009
Calcutta Youth Choir, which can be considered a Kolkata Chapter of the Bombay Youth Choir, was formed by renowned music composer Salil Chowdhury, Ruma Guha Thakurta and Satyajit Ray in 1958. The versatile singer and actress has also completed 50 years in the music industry ~ she had recorded Ei To Hetay Kunjo Chhayay (Lukochuri) with Kishore Kumar in 1958.
The Rabindra Sadan programme was simply a trip down memory lane. It started with a solo dance recital based on Prathamo Aadi Taabo Shakti and was followed by a group dance recital based on Taak Raahe Ho Gagan, composed by YS Moolky. A special song ~ Din Badaler Abhijaane, penned and composed by Kazi Kamal Naser ~ to celebrate the glorious journey was presented. The song Teler Shishi Bhanglo Bole reminded everyone of the pain the Partition brought. Penned by Annada Shankar Roy and composed by Salil Chowdhury, the song was played as a part of the dance sequence presented by the junior members of Youth Choir’s dance group. The coordinator of the programme, Kalyan Roy Chowdhury, announced that the group will soon release on Saregama, a Rabindrasangeet album in Hindi. One song ~ Ek Dor Mein ~ from the album was performed on the occasion.
The late Salil Chowdhury is the father figure when it comes to choir singing in India. Calcutta Youth Choir reiterated this aspect time and again.
One of the highpoints of the programme was Ruma Guha Thakurta and Sromona singing Bistirno Dupaare. O Ganga Tumi reminded one of Paul Robeson’s version of Ol’ Man River.