Video: Gramophone Association Bangla
What are the problems faced by independent Bengali musicians in Kolkata? Firstly, FM channels do not play their songs. The channels mostly play Hindi film music and Bengali film music. As a result, Bengali independent musicians are lagging behind. To solve this issue and also promote regional music, a group of like minded musicians and music label owners have come together to form Gramophone Association Bangla (GAB).
The Chairman of this forum is Usha Uthup. “Many artists in the South have collaborated and opened a radio station to play independent music. The same should be done here. Otherwise the domination of a particular kind of music will hamper the growth of Bengali independent music” said Usha Uthup.
Present at the event was Haimanti Shukla, Sidhu, Kalyan Sen Borat, Srikanto Acharya, Bickram Ghosh, Surojit Chatterjee, Subhen Chatterjee, Ratul Shankar and many others.
One of the solutions that came up in the course of the discussion was forming a new radio station where independent Bengali music will be played. Also focus on digital media for strengthening the presence digitally of an artist was stressed upon.
Though GAB has plans of organizing an award ceremony to honour the independent artists, the forum do not have plans of organizing any musical events at the present moment.
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