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A celebration of indie musicians’ spirit

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Here’s a piece of good news for music lovers. Pujor gaan hasn’t faded away after all! Singer Lopamudra Mitra hosted a musical evening, Natun Gaaner Pabboni – Season Two, on Friday at a city auditorium that featured non-film Bengali songs released this year to mark Durga Puja. Music lovers still cherish songs from the ’50s till the mid-’90s by SD and RD Burman, Kishore Kumar, Sandhya Mukherjee, Arati Mukherjee and Salil Chowdhury, as well as those of Suman, Nachiketa, Anjan Dutt, Srikanta Acharya, Lopamudra, Antara, Indranil Sen, Subhamita Banerjee and others.However, post the 2000s, the non-filmi Bengali music scene underwent a big change. Private radio stations gradually stopped playing Bengali songs that weren’t part of films and artistes were left with fewer platforms to perform those songs. The event was aimed at reviving the days gone by.

“People talk a lot about independent music these days. But I believe independently music isn’t possible anymore as you have to depend on many people. I thank Lopamudra for coming up with this kind of a show that helps both new and established artistes perform under one roof. Today, I am also missing Pratik Choudhury a lot. He attended the show last year,” Rupankar said, before he sang Alor Phanush.

Lopamudra, who was the backbone of the show, said, “It makes me sad when I see there is no room for new artistes who are consistently delivering quality songs, but aren’t a part of films. Is this the future of independent Bengali music? The issue is rather alarming. This was an initiative to create a platform where one can enjoy newly composed songs by senior as well as new artistes.”

Performers like Srikanta Acharya, Rupankar and Unison, Subhamita Banerjee, Raghab Chatterjee, Anandi, Aheeri, Manomay Bhattacharya, Surojit Chatterjee, Ujjaini and Timir Biswas performed at the do. Bands like Prithibi also enthralled the audience.


Source: Times of India

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