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Coimbatore

Have we forgotten Rabindranath Tagore and his contribution to music?

Indrani Thakurata

Bengaluru: Music can literally change life ‘cause it has the power to change people .Bob Marley said ‘Without music, life would be a mistake.’. When we talk about World Music Day, it just can’t be a single day. Music is the food for soul, so how can we just restrict it to a day. It is celebrated every day,with new composition, new inspiration and newer melody. Indian Audience is considered to have most versatile choice when it comes to music . India is the land of Biswa Kobi ( World’s Best Poet) Rabindranath Tagore afterall.

Rabindranath Tagore needs no introduction. There is something special about him due to which Bengal’s Gen Y can easily abandon a filmy song and instantly switch to a Tagore’s Music with apt seriousness. And, love for his compositions, aren’t only for Bengalis, his work is cherished by all Indians. The works of Rabindranath Tagore have been sung by various artists across generations spanning over almost 100 years. Rabindra sangeet singer Manoj Murali Nair from Kerala was planning to create a Malayalam version of Rabindra Sangeet. He was working on an album blending symphonies of maestros like Mozart and Beethoven with Tagore’s songs. He believes that ‘singing his songs needs deep understanding of his life and philosophy, for he is one and only Rabindranath Tagore.’ The genius, Balamuralikrishna loved experimenting and as a result, composed several songs in different genres. He is the only South Indian artist who, on an invitation, sang Tagore’s Rabindra Sangeet in All India Radio to preserve it for posterity. He lends his voice to Tagore’s beautiful.

Our music industry knows that supply and demand of Rabindra Sangeet have never gone down. Some of Rabindra Sangeet singers in Contemporary Age have acquired great fame for rendering amazing performances in this genre. Rabindra Sangeet is not just a genre, it is an emotion. Tagore songs have a distinct style of singing. The soulful and mesmerizing compositions of Nobel Laureate Tagore have found extraordinary soulfulness and immense expression through the Rabindra Sangeet exponents who have recreated the real essence of these songs with their performances.

“ Rabindra Sangeet is very popular even now. There was a period when youngsters were more inclined to contemporary music and neglected Rabindra Sangeet.But things have changed, now we find many youngsters investing in CDs and tapes. They sing in public places. I believe the packaging of the old gem really worked. It is encouraging to see young artists appreciate the music and the depth that it showcases,” says Alakananda Bhattacharya, a student of Viswa Bharati, who studied Rabindra Sangeet. Adding to the same line of thought Jayshree Kumar, a music teacher in Bangalore is also a Rabindranath Tagore fan. “ Eventhough it took me some time to understand the language, I learnt Rabindra Sangeet for its melody. It touches your soul. And if you go into the lyrics that are pure reflection of the emotions he was going through while penning it, it will seem personal. He was a Noble Laureate for a reason,we Indians should savour his work, preserve it and promote it too. No one state owns him. His work is a national treasure.” But are we really celebrating him and his work? “I guess, today’s youth are more aware of the great legacy. They aren’t forgetting him. Can you forget Tere mere milan ki ye raina, Chu kar mere man ko?,” concludes Rina Banerjee, a Bollywood aspirant.

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