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Kolkata Police’s singing acts inspire Puja club to approach cops for theme song

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From Pete Seeger’s We Shall Overcome and Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne’s Halla Rajar Sena to Anjan Dutt’s Bela Bose, the lockdown has seen many a musical performance by Kolkata Police personnel, as they went all out to create awareness about the pandemic, motivate citizens and cheer them up. And now, two city cops — Dipankar Raptan, a sergeant at New Market Police Station and Apurba Majumder, police officer of DIG (AP) Cell, Barrackpore, West Bengal Police — are collaborating for a Kestopur club’s Durga Puja theme song. “We always knew that police are brave enough to work in dangerous situations and even fire guns. But the fact that they can also sing was unknown till the lockdown. Their recent performances have inspired us to make them a part of our Puja. It is a way to pay tribute to our police force,” said Kestopur Prafullakana Paschim Adhibashi Brindo’s secretary, Ranjit Chakraborty.

For Dipankar, who has been passionate about singing since childhood, the offer came as a surprise. “Even after joining the police force, I’ve kept my passion for music alive,” said the cop, who runs a folk band and has performed in several live shows, including Jai Ho 2017 by Kolkata Police. “I didn’t think twice before saying yes to the club,” Dipankar said.

With informal music training by his father, Apurba started singing regularly after joining the police force. “This year’s Puja celebrations won’t be grand. So, I’ll try to capture that melancholy in the song,” he said. Though the exact theme of the Puja is still under wraps, it will revolve around the ongoing pandemic. According to Dipankar, the theme song will have a folk style with modern music arrangements.

The last few months have been especially hectic for policemen, leaving them with little time for a breather. “We can write and compose after returning home or during work breaks. Rest assured, we’ll do it,” added Dipankar.

Source: Times of India

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