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Third Edition of Conversations Began With Lopamudra Mitra and Joy Sarkar

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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.

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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.

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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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Singer Swagata Mukherjee’s Folk Album ‘Banjara’ Launched

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Asha Audio Company launched actress and singer, Ms Swagata Mukherjee’s folk album ‘Banjara’. Shri Debashish Kumar, Honorable MMIC, Parks & Gardens, Government of West Bengal, Mahua Lahiri, Violin Brothers were present for the launch.

Banjara is an album of Voice and Violin which has been conceived and composed by Debshankar Roy and Jyotishankar Roy, who are well known as the Violin Brothers. The album is a culmination of traditional folk songs with ethnic music orientation.

“I am passionate about singing and when I was offered such a fusion album, was extremely ecstatic. I hope I have been able to justify the confidence everybody had in me and look forward to the feedbacks from the audience after they hear the album,” said Ms Swagata Mukherjee.

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The album is a traditional mix with different use of instruments like, ‘Bihu’ with Afro rhythm and the use of African traditional instruments like ‘Kora’, Rajasthani music with ‘Mand’, Arabian musical thoughts, ethnic – oriental music with ‘Jhumur’, a typical Bengali folk, country style of fiddle with ‘Goan’ song and Bhangra with funk, a well-known form of jazz and other such styles.

Himadri Sekhar Dey has created the music of the album. There are six songs in the album which are Tu Dekhi Murgha (Assamese folk song), Kali teri guthipe (Punjabi Kurki folk), Ya Ya mayaia (Goan Konkani folk), Ashin mashey (Bengali jhumur folk), Tomra Gailey Ki (Bengali Bhayaia folk) & Keshariya (Rajasthani  Mand Folk).

Priced at Rs 125/-, Banjara is easily available across all leading music stores and online platforms.

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Tollywood Superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee turns Singer; Debut Album ‘Gaan Parar Pujo’ Launched


Video: Prosenjit Chatterjee’s Debut Audio Music Album Launched

Tollywood actor Prosenjit Chatterjee turns singer with the audio album Gaan Parar Pujo. Composed by Upal Sengupta of Chandrabindoo and Diptarko Bose, the lyrics have been penned down by Arnab Choudhury. The formal launch of the music album took place in the presence of Prosenjit Chatterjee, Iman Chakraborty, Upal Sengupta, Anindya Chatterjee and Diptarko Bose.

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The album has six songs namely Gaanparar kotha, Aj addar taale taale, Khola chule laal sari, Bhuribhojer bhojbaji, Ghum bhanga chokhe and Okane neel. The narration of the album has been done by Rituparna Sengupta. Anindya Chatterjee, Rupankar Bagchi, Iman Chakraborty, Lagnojita Chakraborty, Diptarka Bose and Upal Sengupta have lent their voices to the songs in this album.

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“I am not a professional singer and Upal had a tough time making me sing. I just sang because I wanted to have a good time and some new experience as a singer. The experience was wonderful. It brought back many memories of Durga Puja too. The album will build a strong Bengali connection beyond geographies” said Prosenjit Chatterjee.

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An animated discussion took place at the event and the esteemed guests shared their experiences and fondest memories of Durga Puja. “Love during the Puja is something which everyone has done. There is not a single person who has not done this. These love affairs do not last long but the adrenaline rush that it gives in these four days is so very important for the Bengalis” said Anindya Chatterjee.

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Iman who focused on the adda sessions during the Durga Puja said “Whenever I went abroad for the shows during the Pujas, the NRI Bengalis used to engage in such animated talks as if I am the representative of Kolkata. They used to ask me what film is releasing during Pujas, what are the themes and so on. It is as if they wanted to derive the essence of Puja by speaking with me”.

Produced by Emami Healthy and Tasty, the album captures the spirit of Bangaliana in the best way possible!!

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Manomay Bhattacharya Completes 21 years in Music Industry; Audio Music Album Trishna Released


Video: Singer Manomoy Celebrates 21 Years in Music Industry

Ace singer Manomay Bhattacharya recently completed 21 years of his singing career. To celebrate the journey of two decades, a music album Trishna (released by Asha Audio) was launched by Tollywood actress Rachana Banerjee.

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Manomoy began singing at the age of seven years under the tutelage of his parents. He then went on to learn singing under different teachers for the next twenty five years. His debut album released in 1996. He became popular for his new age modern songs. In 2013 he has been conferred with the Sangeet Samman Award by West Bengal State Government.

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Trishna is singer Manomay’s second Rabindrasangeet album. The album has six songs with a modern sound scape. The music arrangement has been done by Samik.

Speaking at the occasion, Manomay said “Time flies so fast and it feels like yesterday that I started singing. It is due to the blessing of my elders and the best wishes of my audience that I have come this far. Trishna is an album which is straight from my heart”.

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We wish the singer all the best and hope he continues to mesmerize the audience with his soulful voice in future too.

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Cast and Crew of Upcoming Bengali Film Don No 1 Present at Film’s Music Launch

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The music launch of the upcoming Bengali film Don No 1 took place at Press Club, Kolkata. Present at the event was director Milon Bhoumik, actor Raj, Piya Dasgupta, Palash, Kabita Naskar, Sumit Ganguly, music director Ashok Bhadra and others.

The story of the film is about a Don who is feared by all. But he falls in love and ties to change himself for his lady love. Will he be successful?

The music of the film has been composed by Ashok Bhadra. There are seven songs in the film which has been sung by Kumar Sanu, Jojo, Shaan, Zubeen Garg, June Banerjee, Debojit and Pritam. The lyrics have been written by Rajiv Dutta.

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Speaking at the occasion, music director Ashok Bhadra said “I have worked with nearly all the directors of the Bengali film industry. The fun is I did not have a meeting with Milon Bhoumik before I composed the music of the film. But thanks to the actors Palash and Kabita who helped me a lot by describing the sequences and I could compose accordingly”.

Piya Dasgupta, daughter of yesteryear actor Sukhen Das said “I have always considered Milon da as my elder brother and hence I have come to support him. He has always directed great films and I hope this one will be a great success”.

The film is slated to be released in November.

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