T H E S H O W
Thousand Years of Bangla Music
The musical program is weaved
together chronologically, to narrate Bengal's thousand years
old musical tradition. It is divided into 4 segments, to
reflect the distinctive phases and styles in Bangla Music.
A separate segment is dedicated for children.
Listen to Children's Songs segment
First segment: 950 to 1850
Bengal's musical journey started with “Charya Geeti”. Both,
Bangla Classical and Folk music can trace their roots in
Charya geeti. This segment will start with Charya Geeti
and will be followed by the songs from "Geetagovinda",
"Vaishnav Padavali Kirtan", "Shrikrishnakirtan",
"Tappa" and "Brahmmya Shangeet".
Listen to First Segment songs
Second segment: 1850 to 1930
This period is considered to be the most vibrant phase in
Bangla music. Bangla Music, as we know it today, was defined
during this period. This segment will showcase five leading
literary icons and music composers - Rabindranath Tagore,
Dwijendralal Ray, Atulprasad Sen, Rajanikanta Sen and Kazi
Listen to Second Segment songs
Third segment: 1930 to 1970
During this phase, with the advent of new technologies,
like Gramophone, Radio, Cinema and television - urban centric
Bangla Music started to reach the vast rural populations.
These changes transformed Bangla music into a new style,
which is popularly known as “ Bangla Modern Song”. This
is the segment, where, the songs by Hemanta, Shondha, Manobendra,
SD Barman, Jaganmoy Mitra, Talaat Mahmood, Protima, Arati
and by others will take the audience into a journey thru
Listen to Third Segment songs
This segment is based on musical genre, unlike previous
segment. This segment is divided into two parts: Patriotic/Ganasangeet
and Folk Music.
Patriotic Songs: The opposition to British imperialism
influenced the total creative pursuits of Bengal. Under
this backdrop, “Ganasangeet” or “People's Song” in Bengal
originated. After the creation of Pakistan, poets and composers
from all over East Bengal, produced a host of patriotic
songs, reflecting the wishes and aspirations of Bengalees,
opposing the colonial Pakistani rule. As the political movements
lead finally to the war of Liberation, patriotic songs were
written in an ever-increasing numbers. The waning trend
of Bangla patriotic songs was rejuvenated in East Bengal.
Songs by Mukunda Das, Hemanga Biswas, Salil Chowdhury, Altaf
Mahmud, Samar Das, Sheikh Lutfar Rahman, Abdul Latif and
others will be rendered in this section.
Listen to Patriotic Songs segment
Folk Music: The History of folk musical composition
can be traced back to 8th century A.D., which was the time
for growth of charya geeti. Generations of rural poets,
composers, created enormous tradition of Bangla folk music,
of which “Baul Song” is the most remarkable. “Baul” is a
special mystical type, which is a mixture of Vaishnavism
and Sufism. The folk songs of Bengal may be classified as
being an Emotional and secular, like, Bhatiali; Religious
or Sectarian, like, Baul, Vaishnava, and Murshidi; Occasional,
cerinomial and occupational, like, Festival songs (Parvageeti),
wedding songs, etc. This section will present the songs
By Lalan Shah, Hasan Raja, Radha Romon, Abbasuddin and others
as well as parts from folk epic "Mymansingha Geetika".
Listen to Folk Songs segment
In this segment childrens will perform songs to remind us
of our sweet childhood memories. Rhymes and children songs,
composed by Rabindranath Tagore, Nazrul Islam, Salil Chowdhury
will be rendered in this segment.
The show was live webcasted during
the performance on
February 09, 2003 from 5:00 PM to 9:00
PM at www.amrakojon.org