Monday, February 9, 2009

Sokue Jodi Kotha Koi

It was another august gathering of musicians, singers, composers, lyricists and music lovers at the Vishwaratna Hotel banquet hall in Guwahati the other day, where we witnessed the release of an audio CD album comprising eight soothing songs composed by Mayukh Hazarika, the worthy son of singer Jayanta Hazarika, who had passed away prematurely about three decades back while striding the Assamese music scene like a collossus with his creativity and regaling listeners far and wide.

The evening function on February 5 to mark the release of the album titled Sokue Jodi Kotha Koi, also featuring Mayukh’s wife Laili Dutta Hazarika, seemed nostalgic for the Hazarikas, as the patriarch and living legend Dr Bhupen Hazarika, despite his struggling health, could squeeze time to adorn the event where he symbolically passed on the ‘creative baton’ to the next generation artiste, represented by his nephew Mayukh.

The album is a maiden venture for Mayukh in the sense that all the eight songs have been written and composed by him. Apart from the title song Sokue jodi kotha koi, the other five songs sung by him are Enajuri senehare, Anamika, Nigori nigori pora, Prem jodi bhool hoi and Sitore rati boor, while Laili sings the other two – Ritu ahe ritu jai and Uri jowa pokhi boor.

Those involved in arranging the music are Aniruddha Barua, Palash Gogoi, Lyton, Rupam Talukdar and Rajib Hazarika, while the instrumentalists are Rajib Hazarika and Aniruddha Barua (both guitar), Deepak Sharma (flute), Bulbul (bass) and Prantik Phukan (drums and percussion). Pritisha has also lent her voice in Prem jodi bhool hoi as backing vocalist, while Laili also adds her vocals in Nigori nigori and Sitore rati boor.

Releasing the album, Bhupenda recalled the days with younger brother Rana (Jayanta Hazarika), and how little Raja (Mayukh) used to horse-ride on him. Following the opening speech by Airtel NESA chief operating officer Sudipto Choudhury – who also dwelt on his student days when they relished the songs of Bhupenda in Kolkata – Mayukh, with his trademark pony-tail, emerged with guitar in hand, singing the title number to the applause of the gathering. Mayukh and Laili later sang a couple of songs from the album.

Earlier, three evergreen songs of Bhupenda were played by the orchestra with Rupam Talukdar (piano), accompanied by Raju Angsari (guitar) and Prantik Phukan (percussion). The instrumentals of the songs Akashi Ganga..., Sitare semeka rati... and Bimurta mur nishati... provided just the right mood for the grand evening.

Bhupenda was accompanied by Kalpana Lazmi, who read out a translated piece written by the maestro, especially composed for the auspicious occasion. In his speech, Mayukh was profuse in praise for Bharti Airtel for helping him bring out this album, besides hailing the telecom service provider’s effort towards the artiste fraternity of the State and the region as a whole, hoping the good work of “Sudiptoda and his group” would continue as and when required.

Besides Bhupenda and Kalpana Lazmi, those present in the enchanting evening included Mayukh’s mother, Monisha Hazarika, Laili’s parents – Sikha Dutta and Prabhat Chandra Dutta, Pulak Banerjee, JP Das, Mridula Barua, Kapil Bora among others.Simanta Bhagawati
Source : Simanta Bhagawati , The Assam Tribune, 13 Feb 2009

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