Fever FM returned with their annual talent hunt event ‘Meridian Amar Bari Ticket to Tollywood Season 3.’ The grand finale of this event took place at Acropolis Mall.
Present on the occasion were singer Lopamudra Mitra, Cactus band lead singer Sidhu with Joy Sarkar being the chief judge.
The initial number of contestants was more than 100 out of which 15 were chosen for the prelims. Four were finally chosen for the final rounds. The name of the Grand Finale contestants was Raktim Chowdhury, Sharmistha Saha, Partho Ghosh and Madhuparna Chakroborty. Raktim Chowdhury who delighted the judges with his soulful voice was announced as the winner. Raktim signed a deal with Macneil Engineering to playback in their upcoming movie projects along with hampers from Mother Dairy.
Ticket to Tollywood Season 3 therefore gave a platform to budding young talents to get a break in the Tollywood industry.
Video: Bengali Rock Band Cactus Attends Interactive Session Say No To Drugs
With much uproar in the country about drug abuse problems, depicted in the Bollywood film Udta Punjab, Mukti World organized an interactive session titled Say No to Drugs. The event was attended by the band members of the Bengali rock band Cactus, Krishnamurti Vishwanath, Secretary, Mukti Rehabilitation Centre, Abhinav Gupta, Director of Mukti World along with the drug abuse victims of Mukti Rehabilitation Centre.
Speaking at the occasion, Sidhu (band member, Cactus) said “This habit of drug abuse can only be stopped if the individual practicing it will stop it. One cannot stop it by enforcing laws because the country already has enough laws for the purpose. One must understand that this deadly habit will not only take away his normal lifestyle but will pose health problems in the long run”.
Sidhu also shared a story of a vocalist who was given the chance to work with Cactus band. “However his drug habit got the better of him and we had to drop him from the band. I still think what a great performer he could have become had he not succumbed to this ill habit of drug abuse” said the singer.
The children from the centre shared their stories of drug abuse and how they recovered from this habit. The band members of Cactus also performed the song “Bhalo Theko” at the occasion.
A great blend of the songs of Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam and Atulpasad with the poems of the late poet Sunil Gangopadhyay has been achieved in the recently released album Swapna Niye. The album is the brain child of budding vocalist Rupnar Dutta. Present at the music launch ceremony were Veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee, Riddhi Bandopadhyay and Sidhu of Cactus music band.
Swapna Niye is the dream project of Rupnar Dutta, who has composed many jingles at the beginning of his career in music. He then went on to make a music video “Swapna kacher ayna” which was released from Raga Music. He has also worked as a music director for a drama and works as a lecturer in a Government aided college. Rupnar has received formal music training from Gurus like Guru Sri Ramkrishna Basu, Guru Srimati Mira Saha and others.
The eight songs in the album belong to different genres of music. Rabindra Sangeet, Atulprasadi, Nazrulgeeti as well as contemporary Bengali songs; all have been used in the music album. The poetry of the late poet Sunil Gangopadhyay holds the eight songs together. The songs in the album have been sung by Rupnar Dutta while the poems have been recited by veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee.
Speaking with Sholoana Bangaliana at the occasion, Rupnar Dutta said “Many parts of the poems used in the album have been selected by the late poet himself. This makes the album even more special. The idea was also appreciated by the late poet. This is indeed a dream come true for me”.
The album is readily available at all the leading music outlets in the city. Make sure you grab your copy of this album.