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Bikele Eka: A Musical Evening to Salute Classic Songs


There are many songs which have remained etched in the minds of the people for many years. A musical evening titled Bikele Eka was organized to pay tribute to such evergreen songs. The event was graced with the august presence of Pratik Chowdhury, Miss Jojo, Subodh Sarkar, Jogen Chowdhury, Biplab Dasgupta, Soumili Biswas and so on. The event was held at Sisir Mancha.


The performances at the event included Rabindrasangeet by Lopamudra Mitra, retro popular Bengali hits by Probal Mallick while Sutapa Bandyopadhyay clubbed up both the genres of music with poetry by Sunetra Ghatak, Sunil Ganguly, Srijato and so on. Songs of Hemanta Mukherjee, Manna Dey, Subir Sen were performed by Probal. He also rendered Pagol Hawa, Hawa Megh Soraye and so on, while Lopamudra sang Tomay Gaan Shonabo at the event.

Bikele Eka was high on great music and kept the audiences enthralled by the evergreen songs performed by their favorite singers.

 Priyanka Dutta

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Interview: Singer Somerita Mallik on her New Bengali Audio Songs Album ‘Bulbul Kande Ghazal Gaane’


Somerita Mallik began training in music at the tender age of two and a half years. She trained under various eminent personalities like Aparajita Ghosh and Subhankar Bhaskar. She is now busy with the Ghazals of Kazi Nazrul Islam. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent Priyanka Dutta engages the talented singer in a candid conversation.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaTell us something about your background & how did you become interested in music?

Somerita Mallik– I grew up in a musical environment where my mother, Smt.Surupa Mallik used to sing Nazrulgeeti and my father, Sri Samar Kumar Mallik played  the Tabla and Esraj. From my early childhood I was interested in music. My mother used to sing ‘ghum parani gan’(Bengali Lori songs) at bedtime. One day she was trying to make me sing the same Lori song and I could copy a little bit of it. I was only two-and-half years then. That’s how my training in music started.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaYour mother was the first guru that you had. How has she helped in your musical training?

Somerita Mallik– She is my all time inspiration and my musical training began under her guidance. One thing I want to share that other than my parents I am also very much thankful to my younger sister, Somedutta for her all time support.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaYou are also receiving training under various eminent music personalities. How is that helping in shaping your music career?

Somerita Mallik-I started learning Nazrulgeeti and Indian classical music from Krishnendu Bhattacharya at the age of 11 years. I’m still taking my talims(lessons) from Smt. Aparajita Ghosh and Sri Subhankar Bhaskar.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaWhen did you become interested in Kazi Nazrul Islam’s Ghazals?

Somerita Mallik– Kazi Nazrul Islam was a versatile composer. He wrote songs on myriad of subjects. His Ghazals are one of various types of Nazrulgeeti. He was also the first one who successfully composed Ghazals in Bengali. But prior to that, he translated ‘Rubaiyat’ by Hafiz in Bengali. During this time, his son Bulbul died. After completing his translations, he dedicated his book ‘Rubaiyat-E-Hafiz’ to his beloved son Bulbul. In his writings, we can find the name ‘Bulbul’ several times.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaTell us something about Bulbul Kande Ghazal Gaane.

Somerita Mallik– Bulbul Kande Ghazal Gaane is a video album which is going to be released from ‘Questz World’ on the occasion of Kazi Nazrul Islam’s birthday. This is an effort to remember ‘Bulbul’ and the profound love and affection of Nazrul for his dead son. The Video-DVD is decorated with the detailed information on the songs along with 12 Ghazals of different types created by Kazi Nazrul Islam.The script is narrated by the legendary actor Sri Soumitra Chatterjee and the Nazrulgeetis  are sung by me. This DVD also features a small documentary (crafted and created by Swagato Gangopadhyay) which includes clippings of various places of Churulia, where Nazrul was born and lived for many years. It was also enriched by introductions of those places by Kazi Rezaul Karim, son of Nazrul’s brother. In this film, the well-known singer of yesteryears Banasree Sengupta, classical musician Mallar Ghosh (son of Pandit Jnan Prakash Ghosh), Japanese nun Chika Tsurumaru and others expressed their views about Nazrul and this venture. This project, released from ‘Questz World’ is one of the first projects where numerous associates and partners of both India and Bangladesh, as well as from various other countries tied up together to be the part of it by promoting and distributing the same.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaDo you think the DVD that will be coming out on the poet’s Ghazals will have some archival value?

Somerita Mallik– The album will surely have some archival value because I think, most probably it is the first one to consist of Kazi Nazrul Islam’s Ghazals and detailed information related to it and also this project is probably  first of such performances by Soumitra Chatterjee on Kazi Nazrul Islam’s creations.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaYou already have three album releases. What is the next album that you are working on?

Somerita Mallik– My next album is on Kazi Nazrul Islam’s folk songs.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaDo you have any plans to record songs for films?

Somerita Mallik-I have yet not thought about it. If I get an offer of this I will surely do so.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaHave you ever thought of opening a school to propagate the knowledge that you have been gathering?

Somerita Mallik-I still consider myself as a student of music. I, therefore, have not thought about such things.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaAre there any other poets or singers in consideration for similar projects like Bulbul Kande Ghazal Gaane?

Somerita Mallik– Last year I was working on a project on Abanindranath Tagore’s writings with Smt.Urmimala Bose, a renowned talk theatre artist. It was also a great experience for me. I have also an album with her. This is ‘Thamma, tomar songe. . .’,an album of Rabindra Sangeet with a talk theatre ,written by my younger sister Somedutta.

Interviewer: Priyanka Dutta

Priyanka Dutta takes a keen interest in lifestyle and entertainment related news. She also enjoys interviewing celebrities and other renowned personalities. Priyanka holds a post graduate degree in English and Mass Communication. Journalism is her passion and she has reported for many a reputed international web portals.






Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Remembered in Rajlakshmi Ghosh’s Piano Rendition


Mahanayak Uttam Kumar may no longer be with us but he survives in the films he had acted in. He is one of the brightest stars to have entered the Indian cinema. Pianist Rajlakshmi Ghosh paid tribute to the Mahanayak by playing out tunes from some of his most famous films.


The event which took place at Palladian Lounge saw the presence of many important personalities like National Award winning director Sanjoy Nag, producer Satrajit Sen, director Manoj Michigan, independent film maker Debasish Sen Sharma and director duo Soumya and Supriyo.


Rajlakshmi cast magic with her tunes on the piano. The songs that she played from the Uttam Kumar starer films are as follows- “E sudhu gaaner din” (Pathe Holo Deri), “Amar swapne dekha Rajkonya” (Sagarika), “Tumi je amar” (Harano Sur), “Surya Dobar Pala” (Indrani), “Ei path Jodi na sesh hoye” (Saptapadi), “Mou bone aaj”(Dui Bhai), “Amar sakal rashe dhara” (Bikele Bhorer Phul), “Ei kothati mone rekho” (Chowringhee) and many more. She was excellently complimented by Saira Shah Halim’s narratives who in her unique way read out from a script masterly written by Devasish Sarkar. Arundhuti, the daughter of Rajlakshmi, who is a pianist in the making played the role of the emcee of the event and kept the audience duly engaged and informed in between her mother’s recitals.


Rajlakshmi surely mesmerized the audience with her great presentation of the songs featured on the Mahanayak Uttam Kumar. The esteemed guests present enjoyed a great musical evening re-living the magical moments from Bengali cinema’s golden era.