Merit Fair Publications of Dhaka, Bangladesh has brought a remarkable book on Rabindra Sangeet and its rhythm and scale around one and half years back named 'Tal and Chandey Rabindra Sangeet' by noted Rabindra Sangeet teacher and musical accompanist Dr Tapan Kumar Sarkar. The book is no doubt a comprehensive anecdote about the practice of Rabindra Sangeet by artists of both Bangladesh and India.
In this book consists of manuscripts of Tagore song from different phases like Prem (Affection towards humanities), Prakriti (Nature oriented) and Puja (worship). The notations are so vividly described that it is a tool for the future products that are motivated towards the pursuits of cultivating the art of Rabindra Sangeet.
In the Indian state of West Bengal and Tripura if the book by Dr Sarkar is religiously followed as well as in Bangladesh then I feel this will work as pathfinder to the budding students of Rabindra Sangeet of both nations. Though this columnist is not a singer but still these towering efforts of Dr Sarkar should be properly adored by Rabindra Sangeet admirers of Bangladesh as well as that of India.
Apart from Dr Sarkar's vocal musical talent I find from the DVD ' Aradhya Bangabandhu' where he sang quite good numbers of Rabindra Sangeet and also one patriotic song have been unique and mellifluous. Through the DVD Dr Sarkar portrayed a vibrant Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibar Rahman in the hearts of all his ardent admirers.
Anyhow the book is of 416 pages which amounts a meager BDT 430 along with DVD should be patronized by all Rabindra Sangeet admirers of Bangladesh as well as that of India.
As per the publicity of his book in India is concerned the retailers of Dhaka city who participates in Kolkata Book Fair and also Bangladesh Book Fair in Kolkata every year should keep some stock of the book along with that of DVD. It is my sincerest desires that Dr Sarkar being a meritorious personality of Bangladesh in the world of Rabindra Sangeet should be accorded due recognition in both Bangladesh and India.
The writer is a freelancer, based in Kolkata
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