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by V.A.Ponmelil (All rights reserved by the author)

Rabindra Sangeet

The Rabindra Sangeet refers to the complete range of songs and lyrical poetry written by the great poet Rabindranath Tagore. It embodies a breathtaking fusion of the musicianship and the poetic genius of Rabindranath Tagore.

The Rabindra-sangeet has sheer beauty and lyricism combined with the exquisite embodiment of the classical genre. Many elements of Indian classical music have been used in an extremely intelligent and effective fashion in Rabindra-sangeet.

The songs of Rabindranath Tagore are regarded as the cultural treasures of Bengal. They have varied themes which are immensely popular. They form a foundation for the Bengali ethos.

The Rabindra sangeet has evolved into a distinctive school of music. The tunes of the songs are repetitive and dreary. It is a traditional practice.

The two important songs written by Tagore have become the national anthems of India and Bangladesh. They are “Jana Gana Mana” of India and “Amar Shonar Bangla” of Bangladesh.

Some of the well-known singers of Rabindrasangeet are:

• Pankaj Mullick
• Hemanta Kumar Mukhopadhyay
• Debabrata Biswas
• Subinoy Roy
• Kanika Bandyopadhyay
• Suchitra Mitra
• Rajeshwari Dutta
• Arghya Sen
• Sagar Sen
• Chinmay Chattopadhyay
• Gita Ghatak
• Purba Dam
• Ritu Guha
• Rezwana Chowdhury Banya
• Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta
• Sadi Mohammad
• Ashoketaru Bandyopadhyay


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