By Supratim Sanyal
Video by Subhomoy Mukherjee
Video: Dwijen Mukherjee Sings Live Rabindrasangeet at Tapasi Roychowdhury's New Album Launch
Calcutta, Aug 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Renowned actress, singer, director and producer Tapasi Roy Chowdhury (WBRi Interview) started her acting career with Jatra - the spectacular unique live open-air theater form of Bengal. She continues to play lead roles in Jatra and Bengali theater productions. Tapasi is also well known for her performances in TV serials - her role in Trishna, a mega-serial aired on Kolkata’s Doordarshan channel is specially memorable.
Paoli Dam & Tapasi Roychowdhury at "Palte Gelo Din Seddho Bhaate Kerosene" Launch
Having grown up in an environment of performing arts including acting and singing, Tapasi is an accomplished singer as well, and released her first solo audio music album “Palte Gelo Din Sheddho Bhate Kerosene” under the label of Purple Music (Mp3 download). This folk-based modern songs album was released by leading Bengali actress Paoli Dham (full report here).
Inspired by the success of her debut album, Tapasi released her second solo album - a Bengali Rabindra Sangeet CD titled "Charano Dhorite Dio Go Amare" on August 8, 2011, coinciding with Baishe Srabon and the 70th death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. The album was released by Rabindrasangeet icon Dwijen Mukhopadhyay at Mahajati Sadan in Calcutta, where Dwijen and Tapashi performed some of the songs live as you can watch in the video posted above.
Tapasi Roy Chowdhury and Raja Hasan’s folk songs album “Praner Manush” (Cozmik Harmony) is also available for MP3 download here.
Charono Dhoritey Dio Go Amarey is a collection of popular Rabindrasangeet songs, mostly from Prem and Puja sections. Tapasi has her own style of performing Tagore songs while being fully adherent to the bard's music. Dwijen Mukherjee has compared Tapashi's album with an offering of a garland to the poet.
The album has been released under the label of Sagarika. Unfortunately at the time of writing, Washington Bangla Radio has no digital distribution agreement with Sagarika and we are unable to offer this album for MP3 download from our online WBRi digital MP3 download store.