Probashi is the only recognised Bangla Band outside Bengal and Bangladesh with two Music Albums in their kitty. Their musical journey started 21 years back inspired by Mohiner Ghoraguli and the great compositions of Salil Chowdhury’s IPTA music.
The feeling of Probashi however is a very deep-rooted thought that binds the duo together.
Even if you uproot a tree the roots will always cling to the soil. The soil of Bengal has never left this duo in their composition and the lyrics that they bring forth through an era they call “Amader Gaan” an era which will bring every far –fetched son of Bengal together and cause a momentary lapse of reason.
In the mid 1980s, some freak but musical boys and girls from CHITTARANJAN PARK (a bengali locality in Delhi),started writing & composing their own songs...which were at that time unknown to the listners,and somehow unacceptable to the organisers...but the revolution never stopped..they were ahead of their time..because...now we know the term"BANGLA BAND ... singing the way they believe. From that very bunch of people, now Santanu Maitra doing well in Mumbai film industry as a music director, Ashim Chakraborty of INDIAN OCEAN, Debojyoti Bhaduri - DJ of EUPHORIA.
Probashi - On stage
By profession a financial consultant, Taposh always loved music from the time he opened his eyes. His mother passed on the genes in musical notes! Taposh started performing Bengali Band Music on stage from 1985. Thereon, there was no looking back for him. Music was always and will remain a passion for him. Probashi was inspired from Taposh’s brilliant lyrics and his phenomenal musical acumen.
Born 19th,july in New Delhi itself, Taposh grew up in central delhi...a place called "Gole Market" near New Delhi KALIBARI...the place was very active with bengali culture at that time. His father was a Govt.servant..active in bengali dramatics, and mother was an trained classical singer.
Taposh lives in Delhi with his Wife ( a deciple of Ananda Shankar & Tanushree Shankar),and his 10 years old son.
Ashok lives in Delhi with his wife( a trained Classical Singer) and 10 year old Daughter.
The songs of the Album NEON ER AALO are:
- Jagu Babu
- Gelo Ja Bholo Ta
- Shahare Chheye Gechhe Sandhya
- Madhabi Malati
Probashi released their second album, "Highway Dhorey", at the Music World in Park Street, Kolkata, on September 1, 2008, under the label of Cozmik Harmony. This album is an appeal to the people like us ,sometimes, fed up with gruelling city life wants to runaway from it...and for that..firstly we have to hit the HIGHWAY.
Here are clips of songs from the album "HIGHWAY DHOREY" by PROBASHI:
Probashi's second music album "Highway Dhorey' launched on Sep 1, 2008 at Music World, Park Street, Kolkata, attended by Shantanu Moitra and Ashish Vidyarthi.
Probashi - Ganga (from the Album "Highway Dhore")
Probashi - Zebra Crossing (from the Album "Highway Dhore")
The song "Zebra Crossing" is a remake of the song of the same name composed by Niharika and Someswar Chakraborty whom WashingtonBanglaRadio.com has already featured separately here».
The path forward
The members of Probashi have been one of the pioneers in the "band" movement in Bengali music for over a quarter century, and they are continuing to achieve greater successes. In the near future, the band has plans to go and connect with all Bengalis under the sky ... and share their brand of music which they love to call "AMADER GAAN", and thus want to convey to those fortunate Bengalis who live in West Bengal and Bangladesh, back home, that THEY ARE NO LESS A BENGALI THAN THEM, they still dream in BANGLA.
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