Tuesday, June 15

Cine adda on what’s more popular, classical or new-age music?

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Do we go back to classics or have we learnt to embrace new-age music too? Cine Adda on classics vs new-age music at Ektara Mancha on Thursday evening had a gamut of musicians sharing their thoughts. Moderated by Ambarish Bhattacharya, the event was graced by Arundhati Hom Chowdhury, Haimanti Shukla, Shibaji Chattopadhyay, Saikat Mitra, Anupam Roy, Bickram Ghosh, Tanmoy Bose, Ankita Bhattacharya and Emon Chatterjee.

Haimanti, who began the evening with the rendition of Gaan-i Shorbo Shrestho Sadhana, said despite working with the greats like Sudhin Dasgupta, Salil Chowdhury and the likes of Kabir Suman, she didn’t find any difference in terms of work ethos. “I can’t say, everything was good before and everything is bad now. No, that’s not the case,” she said. Shibaji said melody keeps a song alive and reason why Surer Akashe Tumi Je Go Shuktara from Shap Mochon, a 1955 film, still plays on everyone’s lips. “If there has been a change, it’s in lyrics,” he said.

Anupam Roy said even though the sale of physical copies of music albums has plummeted, the consumption of music has gone up. “I make songs, play them to the audience. But I don’t understand the music business so much. All I know is that people listen to songs through apps,” he said, singing Kolkata, Kolkata to the packed audience.

Bickram, on his part, too admitted that people still listen to a lot of music. “I admit that we no longer do the kind of business that used to. But a virtual world has been created. Earlier, we would buy an LP record and listen to it for six months. But now, we listen to a lot more music,” he said. About classical music, he added, “At times, the number of shows goes down. But that is temporary. When Jagjit Singh and Pankaj Udhas became a rage, everyone said, ‘Ghazals will rule now, not classical music.’ It has happened time and again, but classical music has remained popular.”

Tanmoy too added that classical music is forever.

Ankita, a reality show winner and current music sensation, rendered Kichhukhon Aro Na Hoy Rohite Kachhe, much to the audience’s delight.


Source: Times of India

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