Was listening to Shyamal Mitra golden collection whilst driving to work today and honestly the melody in it is something which is totally missing in todays Bangla songs.
Bengali music has such a history of excellent lyrics and music that even today every Bengali is seen all over India to have atleast some control of music . We come from a tradition which has given composers of the likes of Hemanta Mukhopadhayay, Salil ChowdhuryGauriprasanna MajumdarPulak Bandopadhyay to name just a few and singers of the likes of Hemanta Mukhopadhayay, Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar, Rahul Dev Burman, Sachin Dev Burman, Geeta Dutta, Dhananjay Bhattacharya, Shyamal Mitra, Tarun Bandopadhyay, Satinath Mukhopadhyay, Dwijen Mukhopadhyay as tip of the iceberg.
Most of the bangla songs that I get to hear these days are either plagarism (which the music composers donot even try to properly cover) or distortion of classics ( popularly known as fusion music). From very little of what I understand of music every song has a certain dimension or essence and to twist that dimension is a very tricky job and honestly most of them donot even come close to “sound good”.
I am hoping on hope that our present day Bengali composers take some newer initiatives for good Bangla music that is “supposed” to be in our blood but somehow missing from todays reality. As aptly said in the song which is the title of this blog post.
E jane Ojana Ek Poth … Ke jane kobe hobe sesh
a song whose lyricis was given by Gauriprasanna Mazumder and sung by Shyamal Mitra.which lieterally translates to ” O its an unknown path …who knows when we will reach the destination —” .
To finish the blog if you do get time you should definitely listen to the song here you understand the language or not.