Rabindra Sangeet | Kanika Banerjee | Mohor - Soul Of The Ashram | Bengali Rabindranath Thakur Songs

Bengali Rabindra Sangeet Kanika Banerjee, Suchitra Mitra, Hemanta Mukherjee Popularly know as Mohor Di, Kanika Banerjee is an icon in the genre of Rabindra Sangeet (Songs & Poems by Rabindranath Tagore). Kanika studied Indian Classical Music & Rabindra Sangeet at Sangeet Bhavan school of Music at Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan.  Santiniketan is built on the model of an Ashram, and Kanika is also often called Ashram Kanya.

Kanika was a student of Rabindranath Tagore himself, and has participated in dance dramas directed by Tagore and performed across India. In fact, Kanika was born Anima, and was named Kanika by Rabi Thakur in Shantniketan. She also studied with Sailajaranjan Majumdar, Indira Devi Chowdhurani, Dinendra Nath Tagore and Santidev Ghosh.

Kanika also sang Bengali Adhunik, Bhajans, Nazrulgiti and Atulprasadi. The first of her over 300 records was actually a Bangla Adhunik (Bengali Modern) song.

Kanika passed away at the age of 76 in 2000 in Kolkata. She left behind many talented students carrying on her unique style of rendition of Tagore songs, the most famous of whom is Rezwana Chowdhury Banya who singing style is sometimes eerily reminiscent with Kanika's.

The album "Mohor - Soul of the Ashram" is a celebration of Kanika Banerjee and her involvement with Shantiniketan. This album surely belongs to every Tagore song collection. The twelve beautiful songs are:

1. Diye genu bosonter ei gaan khaani - Kanika Bandopadhyay With Suchitra Mitra
2. Ami jakhan chhilem aandho
3. A Parobashey robay ke
4. Tumi ebar amaay loho he nath
5. Sakal janam Bhorey, o mor dorodiya
6. Aar rekhona andharey aamai
7. Ami rupay tomai bholabona
8. Kholo kholo daar
9. Toree amar hothat dubey jai
10. Ami phool tulitay alem boney
11. Kichhui to holo na
12. Ami Chitrangada - Kanika Bandapadhyay with Hemanta Mukherjee

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