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Singers keep Silchar audience spellbound

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  18 Aug 2016 12:00 AM GMT

OUR Correspondent

Silchar, Aug 17: Rarely a musical show is organized in which audience gets to hear different songs from different genres from just two singers. Singers Saha Bajpaie and Samantak Sinha have the ability to charm audience with such finesse. Within a short time, they mesmerized the audiences with their melodious voices at a musical show titled ‘Gaan Shudu Gaan’ organized by Cheta Sangeet Sangstha in collaboration with Sammilito Sanskriti Mancha, Silchar at Banga Bhawan here recently. Both of them are research scholars at Assam University. both the invited artistes along with other invited dignitaries which included, Dr Sanjib Bhattacharjee, Registrar, Assam University, Silchar, Nilotpal Choudhury, executive director, Dainik Jugasankha, Ajoy Roy, secretary, Ashish Bhowmik, president, Anjan Chanda, secretary and members, Subroto Paul, Biswajit Das of Cheta Sangeet Sangstha were felicitated. Saha Bajpaie and Samantak Sinha’s melodious crooning of songs penned and composed by the Nobel Laureate Rabindrath Tagore along with folk songs, Bhaul, Sufi and modern Bengali songs, cast a magic spell on the audiences. It could be heard that they have experimented with the songs keeping its sanctity intact.

In his iugural speech, Ashish Bhowmik, president, Cheta Sangeet Sangstha, said, “I extend my heartfelt gratitude towards Prof. Dilip Chandra th, Vice-Chancellor and Dr. Sanjib Bhattacharjee, Registrar of ASSAM University for this aid and assistance. It is known to all, that music is the only bond that connects each other against all odds.” Dr Sanjib Bhattacharjee said, “Both Saha and Samantak have come for research work in our university. It was Dr Charvak, associate professor, department of Mass Communication of this university, who initiated the idea to arrange a musical show.” He regretted by saying that, “Now-a-days parents hanker after their wards’ marks and often compares them with other pupils. Students securing 99% ends up working in a multitiol company. I feel that such cut throat competition is not conducive for the cultural development of a child. They should have some basic knowledge about their customs and traditions, folk songs and literature.”

Dr Sanjib Bhattacharjee further said, “I admit that times have changed and one has to race against time. Young generation should also have their feet grounded on traditions and traditiol songs. Mere employment in a multitiol does not helps them to earn me and fame. It adds to the milieu of employed persons who gets crushed in the process.” He also that there are some sections of people who show keen interest in cultural programmes and do not just want to add up to the teeming millions who fail to carve a niche for themselves.

Nilotpal Choudhury said that Jugansankha group has always stood by organizations, which encourages cultural programmes and events. “I am grateful to all for organization such a rich cultural programme. Dr Charvak too expressed his gratitude towards Nilotpal Choudhury and others whose hard work made it possible to arrange such a programme within a short span of time. “We had no plans. I am thankful to Bidhan Laskar who has provided a musical backup for both Saha and Samantak.” He further said that Saha Bajpaie is his student from Santiniketan, Kolkata.

Later, a short biography of Saha and Samantak was read out to enlighten audiences about their background and credentials. Sahan Bajpaie, a singer-cum-songwriter, who hails from Santiniketan, started to take music lessons from her father Prof Bimal Bajpaie, who is a Tagore scholar, at the tender age of 3 to 4 years. In 2007, she shot into limelight with her album – Notun Kore Pabo Bole, which is a collection of songs of the Kabiguru. Since then, there was no looking back for Saha. She has lent her melodious voice for a number of films which include Hawa Bodol, Tasher Desh and Family Album. Samantak Sinha has also lent his voice in a critically acclaimed Indian Bengali television, Gaaner Oparey and films like Chhayamoy, Uro Chithi, Iti Mrilini and Tabe Tai Hok. He also has a music band, titled, Samantak and Mates.

They sang a number of Tagore songs, Bhaul songs and touched upon various other forms of music, ranging from songs of Mohiner Ghoraguli, Lalan Fakir, Sachin Dev Burman and Man Dey. The diverse songs that they sang kept the audiences spellbound because singing a varied type of songs, is a daunting task in itself. Bidhan Laskar, a renowned artiste of the valley, added an extra zing to an already splendid evening.

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