Kolkata’s tribute to the legendary singers; A photo exhibition on Manna Dey and Concert dedicated to the stalwarts

By Priyanka Dutta / WBRINN

newsdesk.kolkata@washingtonbanglaradio.com

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Kolkata, November 26 (Washington Bangla Radio): Music has played an important part in the life and culture of the people of Kolkata. This was again proved by two different occasions that took place in the city. One is a musical program organized by Centre Stage to pay tribute to eminent music directors like R. D. Buman, Salil Chowdhury and Sudhin Dasgupta. The other is a photo exhibition by journalist Sourav Dutta on late singer Manna Dey.

The event organized by Centre Stage to pay tribute to eminent music directors like Salil Chowdhury, R. D. Burman and Sudhin Dasgupta was the other event which mesmerized the city of Kolkata. This is an effort to make the present generation aware of the contributions made by these maestros in the field of music. The work of these geniuses was rendered with the delightful renditions by singers like Ujjaini Mukherjee, Antara Chowdhury, Rupankar and Saptak Bhattacharya. Daughter of Salil Chowdhury, Antara Chowdhury mesmerized the audience with her singing talents. She sang songs like “Tar chokhe jotil bhasa”, “keno kichu kotha bolo na” and many more. She even performed “O more moyna go” with her mother Sabita Chowdhury. Centre Stage felicitated Sabita Chowdhury fo her contribution in the world of music. Usha Uthup who was present as the chief guest also took the stage and accompanied Antara Chowdhury by playing a musical instrument. Usha Uthup revealed that she also had the opportunity of working with the salil Chowdhury. She had sung songs like “ei hasi ei gaan” and “majhi re”. The musical evening was anchored by Satinath Mukhopadhyay.

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Photographer Sourav Dutta paid tribute to the late singer Manna Dey by showcasing some rare photographs of the singer. The photo exhibition took place at Tapan Theatre. “The death of Manna Dey has created a void in the music industry. It is after the death of the singer that I thought of paying my respect towards him in this small manner. The photographs of the singer have been taken during different occasions” said Sourav Dutta. The photography exhibition was inaugurated by eminent footballer Subrata Bhattacharjee. Eminent personalities like Nirmala Mishra, Sumit Roy, Ratna Ghoshal were found at the photo exhibition. “It is a great effort by Sourav Dutta to showcase such rare photos of Manna Dey. The death of Manna Dey has left a void in the music industry. This is a double shock to me as a few days before another friend of mine, Madhuri Chattopadhyay also died” said singer Nirmala Mishra.

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The endeavors to pay homage to the yesteryear musicians who have regaled us with their great musical compositions are indeed very heart warming. The honesty in the efforts show and we look forward for such initiatives in future too.