Launch of Actor Arjun Chakraborty’s Book Arjuner Awkobita
Renowned actor- director Arjun Chakraborty launched his first collection of poetry titled “Arjuner Awkobita”— In search of Love-In search of Life at Starmark, South City in presence of noted personalities like Srijato, painter Jogen Chowdhury, writer Sirsendu Mukhopadhyay, Tollywood actress Rachana Banerjee and others.
The book comprises of around 101 poems written by the actor. “I was always inclined towards literature and writing poems is something I enjoy very much. Coming out with the collection of my poems was in my mind for a long time, I am glad that my vision got materialized at the right time”, said the actor.
Tridib Chatterjee on behalf of Patra Bharati hosted the event and also addressed the media. Rachana Banerjee not only read one of his poems but also said that with these poems she will be able to understand Arjun Chakraborty in a new light altogether.
“Arjuner Awkobita” revolves mainly around the poet’s childhood memories which he cherishes till now. It also tells about the important persons in his life who helped him in his path of life.
The event also saw the presence of Arjun’s wife Nilanjana Chakraborty, Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee and others who came to cheer the actor-singer who turned poet with this book.
Jhoom Chowdhury’s first Bengali poetry book and CD titled Prangon was launched in the august presence of Soumitra Chatterjee.
The album Prangon consists of ten songs namely Bhor, Meghe Dhaka pronoy, Bhakto, Amar preyoshi sashi, Alor binoti, Amar chhele, Briddhashram, Sonar Khancha, Andho and Narir shobdo. The poems have been penned down by Jhoom Chowdhury and the poems have been recorded by renowned elocutionist Bratati Banerjee.
Speaking about her writings, Jhoom Chowdhury said “The poems that I have penned down showcases the reality of day to day life. Everybody or everything has something to say and I have tried to highlight that with the help of my poems”.
A cultural program followed the launch of the book and the CD where renowned singer Sraboni Sen sang songs and engaged the audience.
The music album has been brought out by Raga Music (priced at Rs 99) while the book has been published by 24by7Publishing (priced at Rs 250).
Rudrashankar, one of the leading young scientists from India has been making the country proud internationally with his work. His career in Molecular Biology took him away from Kolkata to the shores of Europe and America. This feeling of homesickness that developed during his stay abroad led him to write wonderful poetry. His poetry has been translated and made into a music album titled Achena Hathe. The album was released at The Press Club in the presence of Pratik Chowdhury, Rupankar, Jayati Chakraborty and others.
The album has eight songs which have been sung by Jayati Chakraborty, Rupankar, Pratik Chowdhury and Baisakhi. The songs in the album are a mirror of the poet’s passion for life, love for his homeland and about his loneliness at staying away from his motherland. “The poems have a lyrical quality and a natural rhythm to them. This has helped in the conversion of the poems into songs easily” said Rupankar while speaking with Sholoana Bangaliana at the music launch ceremony.
Rudrashankar said “There is a notion that people coming from the science background are incapable of writing poetry or understanding the essence of such poetic works. I wanted to bring about a change in this perception and tell people that Poetry is everywhere; it is not confined to any object. Being a scientist, I am passionate about writing poetry and I have simply given vent to my thoughts”.
Priced at Rs. 125, the music album will be a good addition to your music list for sure. Afterall, not always do you get to listen to a scientist’s poems in a music album!
Rabindranath Tagore has been helping many individuals in many ways with his writings and has many a times soothed, inspired as well as motivatedgenerations. Eminent singer Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta is another such individual who has been able to cope up with her personal loss with the help of the writings of the Bard. Recently at an event she launched her debut book Galaxy which is a collection of fifty three songs of the Bard which has been translated into English poems by the singer. Hand drawn illustrations by the singer along with a DVD which offeres a few poems and songs sung by her at live concerts are also available with this book. Srikanto Acharya, Joy Goswami, Agnimitra Paul, Rangan Bandopadhyay graced the occasion of the book launch.
Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta’s debut book Galaxy Launched at Starmark Kolkata
“My mother passed away a few months back. I was so grieved that I did not know how to cope up with the loss. It is then that I resorted to Tagore and started translating the songs. The poems that I have translated are my humble way of presenting the songs of Tagore in a new way to the readers. I have also been trying to extract the richness from the writings of the Bard. The book is dedicated to my mother and since many of you have not met my mother, the book will itself introduce you to my mother” said Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta while speaking to Sholoana Bangaliana.
Agnimitra Paul, eminent designer and a close friend of the singer said “Swagatalakshmi is like an elder sister to me. She is a multi-talented individual. She can sing, paint and recite- in short a woman with multiple talents. After coming to this book launch event, I have understood that there are various ways with the help of which one can cope up with one’s personal loss”.
Poet Joy Goswami who praised Swagatalakshmi for her valiant efforts also hailed the singer as one of the best of his generation. “Swagatalakshmi may not be a practiced writer but her efforts show in her writings” said the poet.
Swagatalakshmi even regaled the audience with her powerful rendition of “Dariye acho tumi amar gaaner opare” followed by the English translation of the same piece.
The book published by Patra Bharati has been priced at Rs. 799.
“The true self of a woman lies in the soul; the strength and inner beauty adorns the journey”. Aami e Ananya is one such classic collection of poetry which speaks about the women. The audio CD has poems recitation by upcoming talent Bristi, who is a contemporary elocutionist. The audio cd was launched in the presence of eminent personalities like Sarbari Dutta (Fashion designer), Madhubani Chatterjee (Dancer), singer Haimanti Shukla and poet Subho Dasgupta.
Subho Dasgupta’s poetry has been selected by Bristi for her CD. Subho Dasgupta has also composed the music for this Bengali Recitation Album. Speaking on the occasion, the poet said “It feels great when a young woman takes interest in recitation and also brings out a CD on poems. It takes guts to do that”.
Aami E Ananya represents the different shades and colors of a woman’s state of mind from different angles with various relationships and various role-plays. The audio album has ten poems and reflects on the journey of a woman starting from her birth. It also is a great representative of the mental framework of a woman. Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta, Sabari Dutta and Madhubani Chatterjee have also lent their voices and recited poems in the album.
“I am privileged to have recited such famous pieces in this album. It has tried to touch all feminine feelings and dilemma that we go through. To know a woman better, you need to really be able to listen to her. Empowering women is not only the right thing to do-but also the smart thing to do. I will be honored if my trivial initiative makes an impact on today’s society to both women and men” said Bristi.
Aami E Ananya will be a good treat not only for the women but also a rare delight for the men as they will be able to delve deep into the psychology of women and understand them better.