As part of the regular fortnightly musical soiree arranged by Bangladesh Sangeet Sangathan Samannay Parisad, two artistes -- Chandrabati Roy Burman (81) and Bishwajit Roy (48) -- of Radha Raman Shangskriti Chorcha Kendra will perform songs of the mystique bard Radha Raman Dutta at the National Music and Dance Centre auditorium of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy at 6:30 pm tomorrow. The artiste duo representing two generations will perform 10 songs each at the programme.
Chandrabati Roy Burman is a pioneering singer of Radha Raman's composition. During early childhood, Chandrabati took musical lessons from her grandmother Rajeshwari Roy Burman who is thought to have a master-disciple relationship with Radha Raman Dutta.
"My grandmother Rajeshwari Roy Burman would perform all the folk songs of Sylhet region; but she would predominantly perform Radha Raman's compositions. Besides, she would sing melancholic songs of the time, kirtan and songs from 'Padmapuran'. I have been performing songs of Radha Raman for the last seven decades," said Chandrabati Roy Burman.
Chandrabati Roy Burman's repertoire will include "Shyam Aao Na Ki Rosh Brindabon-e", "Amar Bondhu Doyamoy", "Aaj Keno Pran Kendey Kendey Othey Rey", "Subal Mondo Aar Bolish Na Tora", "Ami Udashi Hoilam Jar Lagiya Go", "Oi Naki Oi Jaye Go Shoi Nithur Kalia", "Ami Krishna Kothaye Pai Go" and more.
Bishwajit Roy's repertoire will include "Aaij Kenorey Praner Subal", "Ore O Roshik Naiya", "Amarey Ashibar Katha Koiya", "Hori Gunagun Krishna Gunagun", "Kunjey Mililo Go", "Kemon Achhey Kamolini Rai" "Bhromor Koiyo Giya" and more.
Radha Raman Dutta (1833-1915) was an influential Sylheti folk music composer and poet from the Sunamganj district of Bangladesh. His work has led him to be considered as "the father of dhamail songs". The youngest son of poet Radha Madhab Dutta, Raman displayed a musical temperament from childhood. The early death of his father led him to seek the approval of religious mentors throughout his life. Raman's Vaishnavism (worship of Krishna) shaped his musical work and led him to a life of asceticism. Raman was also heavily influenced by the Sufism that infuses Baul culture. His music is widely performed by modern Bengali musicians.