Thursday, December 8

A digital concert to celebrate Tagore’s 160th birth anniversary

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Interdisciplinary artiste Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee’s arts collective on Sunday hosted a digital concert, titled Alokporno, to celebrate the 160th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. For the show, the arts collective collaborated with Prantakatha, an organisation spearheaded by activist-transformer Bappaditya Mukhopadhyay that aims to encourage the youth to have dialogues on marginalised issues.
The programme featured readings and musical presentations by members of the arts collective who live in different continents and countries. All of them came together for a video documentary.
The show also featured a thought-provoking introduction by Professor Biswajit Ray, followed by readings of Ode to Africa, excerpts of Sabhyatar Sankat and songs like Sankochero Bihobolota by Suchhanda Ghosh, Sharthok Jonom by Subhasree Patel and the closing song, Oi Mohamanobo by Sree Basu. Besides them, Achintya, who is a trans-feminine singer and social worker, read out Praan, a poem by Tagore. Directed by Chandrima Chatterjee and Digantika Chowdhuri, this audio-visual project saw Dr Saptarshi Basu, a frontline COVID warrior, speak about the importance of reading Tagore in these dismal times.”In such times and always, Tagore’s writings are a healer and I thought of addressing marginalised voices. We all are going through a tough phase. But in this situation, only if arts could heal ailing hearts and bring with it some momentary solace – we had thus come forward to embrace humanity through this evocative digital project to mark Kobi Guru’s birth anniversary,” said Sujoy, the brain behind the project.

Source: Times of India

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