Audio biographies are not very common in the Bengali film industry and there is not much instance of any artist attempting to do such a thing before. Othoba Jojo brought out under the music label of The Aatman Audio is the audio biography of the eminent Bengali singer Jojo or Miss Jojo- whatever name you prefer. The music launch event was a star studded affair with many musicians (Shilajit, Upal, Sidhu, Khnada and others) from the music fraternity coming forward to support Jojo. The album has been conceptualized by Somnath Ghoshal.
Othoba Jojo – An audio biography of Singer Jojo
The audio biography will give a sneak-peek into the life of the versatile singer. Apart from being a mesmerizing singer, Jojo also has another side to her life which has been portrayed in the album. The album shows the life of Jhilik and also her loneliness too. “Many people follow me and often feel that my life is a big circle of happiness. But I had my share of unhappiness too. But I did not lose heart. With this album and especially with Jhilik, I want to give the message to the young people not to lose heart easily. You will have to keep pursuing the thing of your dreams and only then will you achieve it” said Jojo while speaking with Sholoana Bangaliana.\
Sidhu who was present at the album launch ceremony called Jojo a rockstar who made every event her own due to her great stage presence. Even in the songs that she sung for the films and the music albums, she left a mark, added Sidhu.
With music arranged by Tamal Kanti Halder , Othoba Jojo is a must buy for all the fans of the singer Jojo. And even if you are not a fan of Jojo, buy the CD to experience the magic of an audio biography.
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We are so busy with our day to day life that we hardly have the time to sit and listen to music. And even if we have the time, we hardly listen to the traditional music since we are more interested in international and film music. In a bid to introduce the traditional music to the listeners, Singer Lopamudra Mitra and Kalikaprasad Bhattacharjee of Band Dohar took the initiative to organize this root music festival titled Sahaj Parav. This festival is a bid to enhance the knowledge of the people about the root music forms which are so inherent to our culture and about which we are hardly aware of.
Video Shahaj Parav Kolkata: The Root Music Festival (You Tube)
Eminent musician Shubha Mudgal was present at the inauguration ceremony and declared the festival open by sounding the gong. She also felicitated some of the well known artists of Bengal like Salabat Mahato (Jhumur artist), Saraswati Devi (Kirtan artist) and Mansur Fakir (Baul Fakir). The artists were also given financial assistance of about fifty thousand rupees.
Speaking at the occasion Shubha Mudgal said, “I feel privileged to be a part of this Sahaj Parav music festival. This is a rare occasion when I get to meet such great exponents of the various art forms on one stage. Some of the art forms are those which I did not have the privilege of hearing before. This is an honor for me and I thank Kalikaprasad and Lopamudra for inviting me here”. The singer also confessed that she is a huge fan of Srikanto Acharya’s voice.
The first day of this root music festival saw the performances of Saraswati Devi and Mansur Fakir (Kirtan) and Lima Das (Sattriya Nritya). Bou Nach, Dhamail, Lokodhwani (Folk music jamming concert) were also part of the first day’s event at this root music festival. Apart from this an exhibition on the various folk instruments of Bengal was also held at the Gaganendra Pradarshashala.
Tabla Maestro Tanmay Bose, actor Parambrata Chatterjee, Pandit Arun Lahiri and other Tollywood celebrities and artists were also spotted by the team of Sholoana Bangaliana at the day one of this root music festival.
The festival will continue till the 4th of August at the Rabindra Sadan premises.