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Khujey Berai: Songs of Tagore plays under spotlight

Zahangir Alom

The greatest playwright must be a poet. William Shakespeare and Rabindranath Tagore are scintillating examples of this adage. Tagore, a timeless lyricist and composer, best inserted his musical prowess into his plays speaking of the poetry of life. Moreover, Tagore plays portray the overflow of lyrics and dances.

Accomplished Tagore artiste and teacher Tanjina Toma's latest audio album “Khujey Berai”, under the label of G-Series, is now in the market. The album contains 10 Tagore songs featured in the bard's 10 plays.

Toma's mellifluous voice, excellent articulation and pouring of apt emotion in accordance with the respective songs including “Momo Chittey Niti Nritye” (Aroopratan), “Bojromanik Diye Ga(n)tha” (Shesh Borshon), “Dokhin Hawa Jago Jago” (Basanta), “Bhalobashi Bhalobashi” (Raktakarobi), “Ogo, Tora Ke Jabi Paar-e” (Chirokumar Sabha) – make the album a musical treasure-trove.

What makes the album more valuable is informative narration by noted actors-elocutionists Jayanta Chattopadhyay and Rokeya Prachi. Rahul Chattopadhyay arranged the music for the album.     

This is the artiste's third audio CD while her maiden one titled “Modhu Jamini” and second one “Jibon Katha” (from Kolkata comprising 10 songs from Tagore plays) were released in 2011 and 2013 respectively.

Tanjina Toma has trained in Rabindra Sangeet at the prestigious Chhayanaut Sangeet Bidyaytan in Dhaka. She has also trained under renowned gurus Waheedul Haq and Dr. Sanjida Khatun. She has been teaching Rabindra Sangeet in the cultural organisation for the last 10 years. She is also an active member of Bangladesh Rabindrasangeet Shammilam Parishad and Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Shilpi Shangstha.

A gifted artiste, Toma made a rendition for “Valmiki Prathibha”, a Bangladesh-India joint production in 2010, and also in a documentary titled “Bangladesh-e Rabindranath”, produced on the occasion of Tagore's 150th birth anniversary celebrations and screened in Bangladesh, India, UK and Australia.

Toma played the role of Promoda in “Mayar Khela” produced by Shadhona, a major dance organisation of Bangladesh. In Kolkata, she performed in “Hajar Kantha”, representing Chhayanaut of Bangladesh.

Toma, a faculty member of Scholastica, is a senior grade artist and regular performer for Bangladesh TV and Bangladesh Betar.

Published: 12:00 am Thursday, August 21, 2014

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