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Discerning Friendship Day in Tagore’s Aurae

With the advent of Monsoon across the nation ,monsoon’s soothing charm already made peole sing it’s praise . The friendship of the earth and sky is divine, John Updike said “Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.” On the occasion of Friendship Day, Kolkata’s Singing Sensation Soumita Saha has come up with a new song titled “Aay tobe Shohochori”. The song was written by Rabindranath Tagore in the year1879 (Bengali calendar date: 17th Bhadra) and is based on Raaga Chhayanot. The song shall be released under the banner of “Best Of City of Joy”. The musical arrangement for the song has been created by Tom Bailey while the vocal has been recorded and mixed by Rana Monal at studio RJ.
Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore’s vision of Friendship was totally different . 1905 when the British empire decided to divide Bengal, a state of British India on the basis of caste and religion. That time Rabindra Nath Tagore arranged a ceremony to celebrate ‘Raakhi Bandhan’ to strengthen the bond of Friendship ,love and togetherness between the Hindus and the Muslims of Bengal and together fight against the British empire. According to him Rakhi was not only a festival of the siblings but it’s a celebration of mankind and of humanity. He believed that it is the responsibility of all the members of the society to help and protect each other and encourage a harmonious social life.
Soumita has crafted a special place for her in the arena of Rabindra Sangeet. She is capable of performing equally good with traditional as well as modern arrangements. She has provided some of the most admirable renditions of Rabindra Sangeet with songs like Nisarga Madhuri, Gram Chhara oi Raanga Matir Poth and now Tomar Khola Hawa. She gained further popularity owing to her unique style of singing that bridged the gap between the traditional style and new age presentation. Her recent music Album Nisarga Madhuri received immense appreciations from audience.
We catch up with young singer for a quick chat
How did the idea beholding frienship day in the light of Tagore came to your mind ?
Tagore in his poems and songs have always made us sing praise of the unconditional bond of friendship . In One of his songs tagore says “ Nagkeshorer jhora keshor,dhular shathey mita” …how beautifully he conveys this unconventional form of friendship between fallen Mesua Ferra Flower and dust . Rabindra Nath Tagore’s vision of Friendship was totally different . 1905 when the British empire decided to divide Bengal, a state of British India on the basis of caste and religion. That time Rabindra Nath Tagore arranged a ceremony to celebrate ‘Raakhi Bandhan’ to strengthen the bond of Friendship ,love and togetherness between the Hindus and the Muslims of Bengal and together fight against the British empire.So,when I planned to come up with a song to celebrate friendship day . I thiught why not tagore’s creation .
Why did you choose “Aay Tobe Shohochori “?
Honestly ,we are living in a society where Mega Serials ,movies are literaly controlling our idea and the ideas we will nurture .Be it mega ,be it movie women are portrayed either as rivals or enemies . But we’re always presented with and idea where the scenario showing men’s friendship as an ideal bond . I was literaly very happy when I saw Nagesh Kuknor’s ‘Dor’. But on friendship day none of the bigshot channels shall show that movie . So ,I chose ‘aay to be shohochori ‘,this is one of the most beautiful song that sings praise of Friendship musically. Yes I used the word ‘musically ‘ because the lyrics say “Come darling, we hold hands,
Round and round we dance, singing merrily.
Bring out the lute –
Pitch it to the highest.” The use of ‘lute’ and Hight Pitch here describes how we can sing the praise of Friendship through music “

Being Tagore Song Exponent,how much influence does Tagore songs rain over your idea of friendship?
Friendship is one of the trongest bond one can develop . Tagore’s poems taught me to discover the bond of frienship between various components of nature . Tagore’s songs always convey the touch of positivity which is very very important .Honestly speaking Tagore’s creations taught me to love a friend unconventionally .
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