The Bengali Association, Bengali Education Society and Saraswat Sabha Library are jointly organising an evening of Tagore Song by the noted exponent of Rabindra Sangeet, Suranjan Roy of Kolkata here at Saraswat Sabha Library Hall, Dhantoli on Sunday, July 7 at 7.00 pm. The entry to the musical programme is free.
Among the present generation of established singers, Suranjan Roy has captivated the national and international audience with his melodious renderings of Rabindra Sangeet. He carries upon him the great tradition of his illustrious father the Late Subinoy Roy, and while he strives to keep his inheritance alive all the time, he has built a style and expression which is typically his own.
Suranjan belonged to a family where grew up in an atmosphere of musical ambience, and was naturally drawn to music from his childhood. Suranjan’s musical training started at an early age under his father, who was a strict disciplinarian as far as musical training, was concerned.
This training has left a lasting effect on him. He is one of the few singers still left in the stage of Rabindra Sangeet to whom the purity of this art form is of a foremost concern which can never be compromised, and this has always superbly complemented the spontaneity of his renderings.
Like his father, he commands the entire range of Rabindra Sangeet, and is adept at presenting the never heard or seldom heard songs which is so rare these days. Indeed Suranjan is one of the few singers left today whose renderings take us back to Rabindra Sangeet’s golden era of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. His public performance and programmes all over the country have always been greatly appreciated both by the general public and by the connoisseurs of music.
Another area where Suranjan is leaving a distinct mark is in the teaching of Rabindra Sangeet. He has a large group of dedicated students, and he is passing on the treasure of Rabindra Sangeet to this group with great care and affection. Recently, he has started online Rabindra Sangeet classes where students from USA, Indonesia and India etc are showing great enthusiasm to render Rabindra Sangeet under his guidance.
Like his father, he takes every care of the grammatical notations of a song during his teaching. At the same time, he makes it a point that his students get a proper understanding of the lyric of the song – so essential for Rabindra Sangeet.
His first cassette “Basanta Elo Praney” was published in 1998 from Asha Audio, the second one “Alo Andhare” from Sun Records was released in 2000, the third one” Rabindranath-er Brahma Sangeet” in 2002 had come out from Asha Audio. His next album “Smaran” (Remembrance) was released in 2006 from Raga Music. His last album “Swapner Atithi” released from RP Techvision which was highly appreciated by the connoisseurs of music lovers.
Suranjan Roy is the founder teacher of Geetobeethi, a Kolkata web service that offers lessons on Rabindrasangeet.
Pradip Ganguly of Bengali Education Society, Dr Tapan Chakraborti of Saraswat Sabha Library and Pradip Kumar Maitra of Bengali Association appealed to all Tagore Song lovers to attend the programme and ensure its success.
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