She has been mesmerizing with her voice for the past twenty five years. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent caught up with the versatile singer Lopamudra Mitra at her home for a candid conversation about her musical journey so far. Excerpts..
Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- You have completed twenty five years in the music industry. How does it feel?
Lopamudra Mitra- To be very frank, I was not aware that I have actually completed twenty five years. I like doing a musical event after every five years with the musicians I like and I sing the songs that I love at the event. This feels great actually. I had not thought that I will be actually completing twenty five years in the industry. I also had not also thought that my song Benimadhob will be heard more than once by the audience. Leave aside for twenty five years.
What will be the attractions in this year’s show?
Lopamudra Mitra- Thirteen musicians will be playing different musical instruments at the show. Joy will also be performing. Violins, guitars and many other instruments will be there. This has always been a latent wish of mine to sing with so many musical instruments. Hence this is a dream come true.
When did you start singing?
Lopamudra Mitra- I began singing from a very small age. Arun Bhaduri, Rita Ray are some of my teachers who have guided me immensely. My inspiration was Samir Chattopadhyay. He had a group theatre and my singing began from there. It is from then that I developed a different singing style which is now appreciated so much by the people.
Since this dream is coming true, what other dreams are yet to be fulfilled by you?
Lopamudra Mitra- I will say that I have fulfilled more of my dreams than I thought I would be actually able to do. I will like to work on the national level and reach out to a wider audience in the language that they understand. I will also like to take Bengali to national and even international audience.
Have you thought of any collaborating with any artists?
Lopamudra Mitra- I have not thought about that till now. But yes, I will have to make plans about it.
Many Bengali singers are singing in Bollywood. Have you ever tried your luck or do you have the interest of singing in Bollywood?
Lopamudra Mitra- If I get a call from a music director asking me to sing a song, I will be giving it a try. But otherwise, it is not in my nature to go asking for giving me chances. I will rather focus on my work that I am doing rather than do this.
Which one do you prefer- Bengali film songs or Bengali album songs?
Lopamudra Mitra- I will be opting for the album songs. The popularity of the film songs have happened in the last few years. Previously the audiences used to listen to the Bengali album songs. Now the media is giving enough support and this is helping the artists working in the films.
What are your next film projects?
Lopamudra Mitra- The funny thing is I have not been given much chance to sing in Bengali films. I have recently recorded a song for Joy (Sarkar) in which he is composing the music and I have also sang for a Raja Sen movie. The fact is I have not being given opportunities to sing in Bengali films. I sang in Hemlock Society a few years ago. It did not do that well. So I focus mainly on basic albums. I think about them and I work tirelessly on them.
So what are your next albums?
Lopamudra Mitra- Four songs are ready. Srijato and Srikanto will be working on the project along with me.
How is the experience of working with Joy Sarkar?
Lopamudra Mitra- Since he is my husband, there is a good comfort level between us. We are both musically attached and this helps us very much when we work together. I enjoy working with him.
Rabindranath Tagore wrote so many songs yet artists perform a select few of his songs. What is the reason for this kind of selection?
Lopamudra Mitra- See, there is an entertainment element attached when we sing songs on stage. People like to listen only to hit and popular songs. Tagore has both hit songs and not so hit songs. There are many artists who can sing all the songs of Tagore but performing them on stage is always not a good idea. Hence this picking up of the common songs for performing on stage!!
What tip/advice will you like to give to upcoming young singers?
Lopmudra Mitra– I believe the youngsters are trying to gain popularity soon. But that is not a good idea. The struggle for existence is becoming strict daily. Hence the person must have the required depth so as to survive in this world. Or else the artist will be facing hardships. Most youngsters have knowledge on the superficial level.
There is a huge number of reality shows going on in different channels. How far do you think these shows help the upcoming artists?
Lopamudra Mitra- The winner of such a reality show faces a huge challenge after winning the show. This is simply because the person has to make a name next and make his presence felt. Before he could have sang some famous singer’s songs and gained prominence. And after the win he will be called to many places to perform songs. But after the one year period is over, he will face the real struggle. His songs in his own voice need to make a mark or he will be lost. For example, Arijit Singh did not win the reality show Fame Gurukul. He had to struggle a lot before he actually became so popular. Hence struggling cannot be avoided. Struggling without expectation is comparatively easy than struggling with so much expectations of the audience.
Do you have any plans of opening up a singing school?
Lopamudra Mitra- No, ways!! If someone wants to take some tips, I will rather give them advice on how to become a good human being. That is also extremely important!!
You are a favorite singer of many people. So who are your favorite singers?
Lopamudra Mitra- Kishore Kumar and Geeta Dutt are my favorite singers.
Like any other food loving Bengali, what are your favorite dishes?
Lopamudra Mitra- Chinese, Continental and yes I love to gorge on Biryanis.
What do you do in your free time?
Lopamudra Mitra- I go to different places. Earlier I used to read books. But now I go on searching for many things on the internet. I will have to leave this habit soon as this is very addictive.
Had you not become a singer, what would you have become?
Lopemudra Mitra- (Thinks for a moment) I would have become a very bad housewife. Home making is a huge responsibility. Since I will not be able to become the traditionally responsible housewife, Joy and I do not have a child.
The call for her rehearsal came and we had to bid adieu to the versatile singer. We hope she continues to sing and mesmerize her with her soulful voice!!
Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.
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