Sunday, May 9, 2010

Rabindra Sangeet to get in tune with times

It began with "Charulata", and a rendition of "Ami chini go chini" by Kishore Kumar in 1964. Some Tagore scholars and members of the Visva Bharati music board squirmed in their seats even as there were murmurs that the song did not follow approved notations.

Cut to 2006. Bong Connection, directed by Anjan Dutta, dished out a 'funky' version of "Pagla hawa". But with Visva Bharati's copyright expiring in 2001, nothing could stop the song from climbing the popularity charts.

On Tagore's 150th birth anniversary, the debate is: How sacrosanct are the notations? There have been numerous attempts at improvisation. While most have been rejected by the audience, some have been accepted.

Full report here Times of India 

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