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Interview: Sa Re Ga Ma Pa 2016 Contestant Senjuti Das on Her Experience of Participating in Singing Reality Show (Sholoana Bangaliana Exclusive)


Sa Re Ga Ma Pa contestant Senjuti Das received rave reviews for her singing capabilities from the judges at the show. In her first singing stint, she has made her presence felt. Sholoana Bangaliana correspondent engaged in a candid conversation with the singer. Excerpts..

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana- When did you began to learn singing?

Senjuti- I began to learn singing in 2007. Initially I used to learn dancing. But since the dance teacher got married off, that put an end to my dancing lessons. My parents thought that I had a good voice and hence I started taking singing lessons. I used to learn Rabindra Sangeet from Nita Mukherjee and commercial songs were taught to me by Biswajit Roy. After some time I got the chance to enroll myself at Sruti Nandan. I am learning Classical songs there under Pandit Ajay Chakraborty.

How did Sa Re Ga Ma Pa happen?

Senjuti– I went to give the auditions to gain experience. I have never sung in front of a live audience or performed on stage. I thought it will be a great firsthand experience. I was not sure whether I will be getting the chance or not. But luckily I got through the auditions and that opened up new avenues.


How was the experience at Sa Re Ga Ma Pa?

Senjuti- The experience was extremely good. I learnt many things in a funny manner. I have learnt from the judges as also from my fellow participants. I also received great feedback from the judges which boosted me morally. We also used to have grooming classes. Pritam da was everybody’s favorite. My Hindi was not that fluent but he assured me that will not be a problem. Sajid-Wajid taught us about the history of Classical songs. It was an enriching experience.

Who are your favorite singers?

Senjuti- My favorites include Lata Mangeshkar, Pandit Ajay Chakraborty and Arijit Singh.

Have you received any offers?

Senjuti- I have not received any offers at the moment.


What are your next plans?

Senjuti– I want to continue learning Classical music. I will also enroll myself for a course in sound engineering. All the good singers have sound knowledge about the various aspects of sound engineering. I also plan to enhance my knowledge. I will be enrolling myself for the course in Mumbai. Initially Pritam da will be guiding me.

What has been the reaction of your parents after your success at Sa Re Ga Ma Pa?

Senjuti- I have never been interested in studies. I have always been bent on the creative side. That is the reason why I was made to learn dance. But after my dance teacher was married off, they decided that I must learn singing. Whether I learnt singing or dancing, it has been their idea actually. I am glad I could make them happy and proud.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Senjuti- I want to become a playback singer. For that I am prepared to put in the requisite hard work. I hope that will lead me on the path to achieve my goals.

Wishing the talented young singer all the best for her future endeavors!!



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.



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Jorasanko Mancha-Gatha celebrated at Jorasanko Thakurbari by Academy Theater


Academy Theatre celebrated its annual musical extravaganza featuring a unique venture Jorasanko Mancha-Gatha at Jorasanko Thakurbari. The festival consisted of the Stage Productions on different facets of geniuses of Jorasanko Playhouse from the various approaches of artistic translation on the Bengali Stage. The festival also featured an Exhibition of Visuals and the Publication of the Monograph related to Jorasanko Playhouse. The festival was a humble attempt to explore how the Jorasanko Playhouse inspired the stage and its music of the colonial and the post-colonial Bengal as well as India.

Jorasanko Mancha-Gatha  a selection of mancha-gatha (theatre-song)  featured the different aspects and relevance of the dramatical and musical ventures of the Jorasanko Playhouse. It also showcased the changing scenes of Jorasanko Playhouse  — spread as they are  over the  last two centuries, spanning from the playwrights like Madhusudan  Dutt, Ramnarayan Tarkaratna,  Jyotirindranath Tagore, Swarnakumari Devi, Rabindranath Tagore, Dwijendralal Roy to Abanindranath Tagore and Indira Devi Chaudhurani as well as many others, who flowed with the trend.


The production documented an interesting collage of the musical ventures of Jorasanko Theatre, never losing sight of perspective or the importance in inculcating expressions of the classic past. It has been scripted and directed by Devajit Bandyopadhyay while Devajit Bandyopadhyay and Riddhi Bandyopadhyay rendered the songs. It was a joint venture between Academy Theatre and West Bengal State Academy of Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts and Rabindra Bharati University.

The book Jyotirindranather Jibonsmriti, (brought out from Deys’ Publishing) was released by Prof. Sabyasachi Basu Roy Chowdhury (Vice Chancellor, Rabindrabharati University) at the same event. The book is edited by Devajit Bandyopadhyay.

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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.

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একঝাঁক কচিকাঁচা, জায়গাটা কলেজ ফেস্ট, দক্ষিণ কলকাতার কোনও এক কলেজ হবে। কয়েকটি ইংরেজি গানের পরেই শুনতে পেলাম “পাগলা হাওয়া বাদল দিনে” গানটা অতীব সুন্দর, কিন্তু নেহাতই সেটা কলেজ ফেষ্ট তাই। বয়ঃজ্যেষ্ঠ অর্থাৎ বাড়ির দাদু-দিদারা শুনলে ভ্রু কুঁচকাতেন সে ব্যাপারে হলফ করে বলতে পারি। কারন যে সুরে গানটা চলছে তা তাঁদের যুগের অকল্পনীয় ব্যাপার। হতে পারে এটা রবীন্দ্রসঙ্গীত তবে এখানে গীতিকার কবিগুরু হলেও সুরকার কিন্তু নীল দত্ত (Neel Dutt)। গানের দুনিয়ায় নবজাগরণ না ঘটলেও ঘটেছে আলোড়ন। যার ফল আমাদের নতুন নাগরিকদের মুখে রবীন্দ্রসঙ্গীত। সত্যিই, কী অভাবনীয়!!! তাই না!!!

যাই হোক আজ আমরা কিন্তু সঙ্গীতের ওপর গবেষণা করছি না। যা করতে বসেছি তা হল বাংলায় “আড্ডা মারা”। ঠিক তাই। যে আড্ডা মারা যায় পাড়ার দেবুদার চায়ের দোকান কিংবা বইপাড়ার কফি হাউসে বসে। আড্ডার গান ও আলোচনা।

আচ্ছা তোমরা লক্ষ্য করেছো যে “বোস, দ্য ফরগটেন হিরো (২০০৫)” র “একলা চল রে” কি দারুন জোয়ার এনেছিল গানের জগতে। যদিও গানটা তৈরি হয়েছিল তারও আগে শ্রীপদ কালেকশন নামক অ্যালবামে, শিল্পী সোনু নিগম (Sonu Nigam) ও নচিকেতা (Nachiketa Chakraborty)। গানটি এই প্রসঙ্গে আসার কারন একটাই। রবি ঠাকুরেরে ওই “একলা চল রে” কি অদ্ভুতভাবে বদলেছে “তনহা রাহি আপনি রাহা চলতা যায়েগা” রবীন্দ্রনাথ কি তাঁর গানে কোনদিন এরকম একা চলার কথা বলেছিলেন, না লক্ষ্য ছোঁয়ার অভিপ্রায় একলা চলার বাধ্যতাকে বুঝিয়েছিলেন। আসলে এরকম কোনো বিবরণ দেওয়া যায় না, বলেই বোধ হয় গানের জগতে বিবর্তন ঘতে যায়। আমরা নির্দিষ্ট করে বলতে পারি রবীন্দ্রসঙ্গীত হলেও “পাগলা হাওয়া” গানটি কিন্তু শ্রেয়া ঘোষাল এরই (Sreya Ghoshal)। ফারাক একটাই, রবি ঠাকুর “উঃলালা” শব্দটা এই গানটির আগে যোগ করেননি। আধুনিক যন্ত্রসঙ্গীতের ব্যাবহার করলেও দোহারের গাওয়া চার মিনিট তেরো সেকেন্ডের এই গানটির সুরকার রবীন্দ্রনাথই ছিলেন এবং এবং গানটি শুনে মনে হল বাতাসের এক পাগলামি বর্ণনা করেছিলেন করেছিলেন কবিগুরু, অপরদিকে বিবর্তিত গানটি যথেষ্ট আধুনিক ও পাশ্চাত্য সুর মেশানো এক বাংলা গান।  যা ইংরেজিতে বলা হয় রিমিক্স। এ প্রসঙ্গে মনে রাখা ভালো আমরা কিন্তু গানের ভালোমন্দ বিচার করছি না। যা করছি তা হল কাটাছেঁড়া। যতই হোক বাঙ্গালী পি. এন. পি. সি ছাড়তে পারে না। যতই হোক বাঙ্গালীর আর একটা গুন বলতেই হয়, তা হল পরিবর্তন। সত্তরের দশকে বাঙ্গালী ছিল আবার বাঙ্গালিয়ানাও ছিল। আজ ওই দুটোই আছে। তবে আছে পরিবর্তিত রূপ।

যাই হোক প্রসঙ্গে ফিরি। মনে পড়ে গেল দু হপ্তা আগের কথা। বসেছিলাম রবীন্দ্রসদনের মাঠে। হঠাৎই নজরটা আটকাল বছর উনিশের একটা মেয়ের দিকে। জিন্স-টপ পড়লেও তার ঐতিহ্যবোধটাও দেখার মতো। বিশেষত্ব দেখলাম গলায়। অবলীলায় গেয়ে চলেছে একের পর এক রবীন্দ্রসঙ্গীত। হয়ত রবীন্দ্রনাথ সচক্ষে দেখলে আনন্দে গদ গদ হয়ে বলতেন, “আমার পরাণ যাহা চায়, তুমি তাই গো”। বেশ চলছিল জলসাটা। শেষ হল মায়াবন বিহারিণী হরিণী তে। সত্যিই গীটারের কর্ড-এ অদ্ভুত শুনতে লাগছিলো লাগছিল গানটাকে। শব্দগুলো চিনতে পারলেও সুরটা অচেনাই ঠেকল। আসলে এই শব্দগুলো নিয়ে যে গান আমরা শুনেছি টা ছিল অতীত। বর্তমানে বাংলা চলচ্চিত্র “বেডরুমে” ব্যাবহৃত এই তিন মিনিট দশ সেকেন্ডেই বাঙ্গালীকে আপন করে নিয়েছে। আপন হয়ে গেছেন শিল্পী সোমলতা আচার্য চৌধুরীও (Somlota Acharya)। ফেসবুক বা অরকূট কিংবা টুইটারেও আলোচিত প্রসঙ্গ ওই একই। তবে সে যাই ঘটুক রবীন্দ্রসঙ্গীত বদলে কিন্তু মানুষের মন জয় পেরেছে। হোক না তাঁর সুরকার অন্য কেউ, রচয়িতা তো কবিগুরু নিজেই। এক্ষেত্রে সার্থক তিনি। “দশে মিলি করি কাজ হারি জিতি নাহি লাজ”।

বাঙ্গালী এখন বেশি আবেগ তাড়িত হয়ে পড়েছে? ইঁদুর দৌড়ে হাঁপিয়ে সেন্টিমেন্ট খুঁজছে? নাকি একঘেয়েমি থেকে বেরোবার জন্য বিপ্লব আনছে? এ প্রসঙ্গে মনে পড়ল কয়েকদিন আগে পড়া নিমাই ঘোষ (Nimai Ghosh)-এর “Manik Da, Memories of Satyajit Ray”-এর একটি বাক্য, “Bengalish are sentimental people”. এসময়ে সত্যি “আমায় যদি হঠাৎ কোন ছলে/ কেউ করে দেয় আজকে রাতের রাজা”, তবে রবি ঠাকুরকে আহ্বান জানিয়ে তাঁর মনভাবটা জানতে চাইতাম। তিনি কি বলবেন “যা না চাইবার, তাই আজ চাই গো,” নাকি বলবেন, “তনহা রাহি আপনি রাহা চলতা যায়েগা, আব তো জো ভি হোগা দেখা যায়েগা”।

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Subhasree Biswas

Subhasree Biswas is pursuing her Masters Degree in Mass Communication from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. She is a part time model, anchor person and also takes keen interest in performing arts. Previously, She has worked as freelance content writer (Bengali) for a leading Bangla web magazine. Subhasree has hosted events as MOC for leading Brands like ABP and DELL.

Music Therapy for the Tired Souls; Dr. Avijit Ghosh Talks at Length about this New form of Healing


With the increase in the stress and the tension levels in our lives, the dependence on medicines has increased considerably. To eliminate the use of medicines and to reduce stress, anxiety and depression, music has been chosen as the medium by Piyali Maitra (Gayaki Mata) and Dr. Avijit Ghosh (Sarod Baba). In a conversation with Sholoana Bangaliana Corespondent Priyanka Dutta, Dr. Avijit Ghosh revealed why they chose this path of music to eradicate tension.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaWhat is music therapy?

Avijit Ghosh– We are involved in the process of treating human minds which are suffering from stress, anxiety, tension etc with the help of live music. It can be Indian or western music. Music therapy helps the troubled mind to get a soothing effect. I am one of the musicians in Kolkata who has started this. I choose a specific raag and play it on my sarod.  If it is a morning recital I choose a morning raag and for an evening recital, a Raag suiting the occasion. I play the raga in an alaap and start the session with an Omkar Sadhana.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaWhat are the benefits of music therapy?

Avijit Ghosh– Music can help to calm the anxious and agitated patients and help to enliven the depressed patients. This is the magic of music. Many hospitals in Chennai and also abroad have started music workshops for the patients. The passive form is beneficial in enhancing concentration and memory, reducing stress, heart problems and hypertension. The active form is of immense help in treating neurological problems. Playing soft music in the background while working at one’s desk has also been found to reduce stress. Music therapy not only instills self-confidence in employees but also explores hidden talent within the organization. For sure, music does play an important role in many of our lives and such participatory activities enhance people’s productivity levels to a great extent. I did conduct seminars which showed amazing results. I have done workshops in renowned schools. It benefitted students a lot.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaWhat inspired you to do this?

Avijit Ghosh– Way back in 2002 when I had a workshop “Reduction of stress and mental strain with live Indian music” in Malaysia it was very helpful. There was no Indian music in the Rainforest World Music Festival. I was the first Indian musician to play there. I performed three stages of alaap for nearly 2hours.Thereafter when I realized if western audience can grasp the feel and leave with a calm mind, the Indian audience who are aware of Indian music can automatically do it.


Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana BangalianaHow do you see the present scenario of music therapy?

Avijit Ghosh– Across the world, physicians, surgeons, psychiatrists, psychologists are seeking the help of music therapists for better results. In the U.S., you can claim insurance money you spend on music therapy. It’s a proper science. Though, new in India, music therapy is gaining significant popularity. It is at the take-off stage. But awareness is growing multi-fold and is increasingly acceptable to many organizations and a few centers of training for music therapists have been set up. Some hospitals are training psychology postgraduates and doctors in music therapy too. Introducing music therapy in hospitals of Kolkata is very much necessary.

Priyanka Dutta, Sholoana Bangaliana– How do you plan to take this treatment mode ahead and reach out to more people?

Avijit Ghosh– I am using music as a healing aspect. I believe Indian musicians should have a social responsibility. I released an album on stress management through music in association with a group called Serge run by Brandon Maccarthy. I am doing live music therapy sessions with renowned schools and corporate bodies too. The more the responsible position more is the tension and stress. I am trying my level best to promote music therapy and help people come out from sleeping pills.

Priyanka Dutta