Mon Pinjiraye Bengali Folk Songs Album Release in Kolkata, Need to Preserve Bangla Folk Traditions Stressed

By Priyanka Dutta / WBRINN
newsdesk.kolkata@washingtonbanglaradio.com

Saibal Das, Abhijit Basu, Amar Pall, Anindo Sarkar, Kartick Das Baul and Soumyo
Saibal Das, Abhijit Basu, Amar Pal, Anindo Sarkar, Kartick Das Baul and Soumyo

Saibal Das, Abhijit Basu, Amar Pall, Anindo Sarka, Kartick Das Baul
Saibal Das, Abhijit Basu, Amar Pall, Anindo Sarka, Kartick Das Baul
Saibal Das, Abhijit Basu, Amar Pal, Anindo Sarka, Kartick Das Baul

Saibal Das and Abhijit Basu
Saibal Das and Abhijit Basu

Kolkata, April 23, 2013 (Washington Bangla Radio): “Mon Pinjiraye”, a Bengali Lok Sangeet (folk songs) album by Saibal Das was launched at Music Café recently. Present at the music launch were Kartick Das Baul, Amar Pal (famous for singing the song ‘Kotoi rongo dekhi duniyai’), Anindyo Sarkar (director), Gaurab Chatterjee, Mainak Bumpy Nag Chowdhury, Abhijit Basu (Folk Singer) and TV serial personalities Soumyo and Sorolipi (of Agnipariksha fame).

Saibal Das and Soumyo
Saibal Das and Soumyo

Mainak
Mainak "Bumpi"Nag Chowdhury and Gourab Chatterjee

Speaking about the album, Saibal Das said folk music has a long history and tradition. It is music of the people and has its roots in the cultural heritage of our country. The beauty of the songs lies in the rich lyrics and also in the use of the traditional instruments like the “Ektara”. Devoid  of much loud music, the songs are pleasing to the ears. The lyrics of the songs of the album are credited to Hasan Raja and Hemanga Biswas. The songs have a rich earthy feel which are expected attributes of folk music. There are ten songs in this album, including “Suna bondhu re”, “prem koro rai”, “sujon bondhu baiya nao”, “kole chole steamer”, “o mui na shon”, “nauo charaiya de” and more.

Kartick Das Baul present at the Bengali audio songs music CD album launch feels that folk songs are dying out due to lack of interest of the present generation must be revived. This is the culture of the country and the present generation must be made aware of it. He said “I really appreciate the way Rooh Music has been helping the folk music culture by encouraging artists to bring out CDs on folk songs. I hope they continue with their effort. Only then will the folk music survive.”

Amar Pal who is credited with singing the famous song “Kotoi rongo dekhi Duniyai” said his ideas may be perceived as an old man’s ideas by the young generation of today. However the singer feels that revival of folk music which has its roots in the tradition of the country is very vital for maintaining the cultural heritage of the country. “Folk music has been composed by common people like the farmers, boatmen and so on. They composed music so as to forget the atrocities of life and also as a means of entertainment. The songs they made spoke of their harsh life and also form the means to overcome the problems” said the singer.

Kartick Das Baul
Kartick Das Baul

Anindo Sarkar, Soumyo, Tomojyoti Mukherjee and Swhorolipi
Anindo Sarkar, Soumyo, Tomojyoti Mukherjee and Sorolipi

Eminent folk singer Abhijit Basu (WBRi interview) also stressed on the fact that due to the effect of popular film songs, the popularity of the folk songs has suffered a setback. It is high time music companies make a conscious effort to address the issue and encourage new singers to sing folk songs.

Amar Pal
Amar Pal

Amar Pal and Abhijit Basu
Amar Pal and Abhijit Basu

Mon Pinjraye has soul touching songs. The songs have an earthy feel to it. Grab a copy of the CD and bask in the sweet lyrics of the folk songs and rejuvenate your connection with the cultural heritage of the country. You will surely enjoy it.