The third edition of Conversations is back. The third edition started with the wife and husband duo of vocalist Lopamudra Mitra and acclaimed music director Joy Sarkar gearing up for a riveting dialogue session with Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee.
Both Lopamudra Mitra and Joy Sarkar are powerhouse talents who have accomplished a number of hallmarks across their illustrious musical career. Mitra has over 25 albums under her name while Joy Sarkar’s compositions number well over 80! Mitra completed 25 years in the music industry in 2016.
The interaction with Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee brought out the chemistry between them, the bonding over music, their relationship, their personal and musical space and mostly their love for music. The conversation further saw them talking about their struggles as musicians and vocalists and how with the advent of new genres they keep on looking and inventing and reinventing themselves. The musical duo also spoke about the dire state of independent album music in the modern context with film music inundating the market.
The evening started off with Lopamudra Mitra singing “Himelo Raate,” while Joy Sarkar strummed the guitar.
Lopamudra Mitra went on to talk about how she met Sarkar, which, according to the singer had no element of romantic in it, but was completely based within the realms of music. While the conversation between Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee, Lopamudra Mitra and Joy Sarkar meandered across a number of incidents and issues, one of the most integral topics discussed during the evening was the state of Bengali album music. Joy Sarkar said, “It is a sad state that most FM channels nowadays do not play album music for the audience. If this is the way there will be no platform for independent musicians. Single musicians still have a chance but the situation is worse for bands who are not even getting that platform.”
The evening closed with music as both artist rendered two back to back songs. The evening saw a number of important personalities from the city in attendance including Saswati Guhathakurta, Dr Mousumi Ghosh, Founder Director Future Media School, composers and musicians Shibasish Banerjee and Sunny Bhattacharya, designer Anindita Mitra and singer Anushila Basu among others.
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