or Bhajan is quite happy using modern instruments.The older generation and the intellectuals are listening to songs from yester years like “Nidhubabur Tappa” or songs of Lalchand Baral.
Q: Many people have commented on using western music in out Indian popular music.However, besides the excessive use of electronic music there is too much influence of western pop music.
What is your reaction ?
A: There are many possibilities in combining the western music with Indian music.The West Bengal Music Academy has been studying the these possibilities. The main point is how can we enrich the Indian music by using the western music ? It is not really a crime to use electronic music - what we need to consider is how much use ? We must use the modern techniques and make them acceptable to the people.
Q: In the past, you have quite successfully created wonderful songs from your poems - most of them are like long episodes. They really influenced people. Why your current compositions have not been as popular ?
A: It is possible to transfer some poems to successful songs . One does not have to make it like an episode. In my case - consider “Abaak Prithibi” or “Thikana” by Sukanta or “Ujjal ak jhank paayraa” by Bimal Chandra Ghosh, “Rekho maa daasere mone” by Michael Madhusudan Datta or “Oginikoner koner tallaat juDe” by Subhas Mukhopadhyay. These are real poems. I think the current cultural environment free from formalism could be the ideal environment primarily for lyrical compositions and create new waves in Bengali music.