Published: Sunday, May 5, 2013

Rinku: A socially aware artiste

Rinku: A socially aware artiste

Among the singers who have risen through the “Close Up 1” competition, Rinku has done exceptionally well. He is busy with stage performances, often travelling abroad to do shows. Rinku’s performances mostly feature Lalon and folk songs — which have always been his strong suit.
Rinku says, “I sing for the farmers, the garment workers, the masses. They are my listeners, and I feel proud. I want to keep on singing for them for the rest of my life.”
The conversation with Rinku happened at his office in Eskatan, Dhaka, which is called ‘Shomporko’. The singer has decorated the office with a folk motif. Bauliana is always treasured by Rinku, who fashions a traditional gamchha around the neck or wraps it on his head.
The shelves at his office are filled with research material and history books on folk songs, along with other music related publications. Rinku says the collection is for the preservation and research of folk music, adding that his organisation plans to release a folk-based album in the future.
The singer becomes emotional while talking about the recent Savar tragedy, “I often went to perform for the garment workers. They always liked my folk performances. This tragedy cannot be accepted.”
On another note, Rinku shared his efforts in collecting and preserving resources on folk songs and literature from remote parts of the country. “I’m trying to coordinate and collaborate with the descendants of rural bards, in order to collect the materials.”
Since his musical journey began in 2005, Rinku has released seven albums, with his latest one titled “Jogot-bondhu”. To collect songs for the album, Rinku travelled across the country to gather songs by Bhoba Pagol, Jalaluddin Kha and Ukil Munshi.
The singer is currently busy making a Rabindra Sangeet album, titled “Baul Beshe Rabi Thakur”. The soon to be released album will contain Rabindranath’s Baul-influenced songs. It will be released under Rinku’s own organisation’s banner.
Rinku is also scheduled to go on a month-long Europe tour soon. He says, “I visited many countries since I first started to perform. I feel proud of my achievements when expatriates express their admiration for my music.”
On his future plans, Rinku informs, “I’m currently working on compiling a collection of Durbin Shah’s writings. A Bhawaiya or Lalon singer will sing his songs. You can call it a dream of mine.” Asked if he plans to become a music director, he adds, “I have no such plan. However, I want to stay in the music world for the rest of my life and sing for people.”