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Antara Chowdhury

Antara, Salil and Sabita's elder daughter started singing from an early age. She stunned everybody when she recorded that beautiful song in the film 'Minoo' with Manna Dey....'Teri galiyo.n mei.n hum aayee'. Antara became a household name when Salil composed over 25 children's songs for her. Before Salil, childrens songs were practically unknown in Bengal besides probably some compositions by Anando Shankar Roy.These songs changed that completely and are still extremely popular. In his typical style, Salil composed some wonderful songs such as 'O maago ma' and 'Bul bul paakhi moina tiyee'. These songs, although for children, often raised questions and made sharp comments on the social injustice. Since then Antara has matured into an excellent singer, well trained in Hindusthani classical music and western music. She is also a fine pianist, a talented composer and arranger. She had to struggle hard though to shake off her original image of a singer who only sang 'Childrens songs'.

Hnd = Hindi; Mal = Malayalam; Tam = Tamil; Tel = Telegu;
Kan = Kannada; Bng = Bengali; Oth = Other

Nr

Song

Year

Any known variations

Hnd Mal Tam Tel Kan Bng Oth
AN1
Bulbul paakhi moyna tiye 1977  

SP2

       

GS2

AN2
Ek je chhilo dustu chhele 1977              
AN3
Ek je chhilo maachhi 1977              
AN4
O aayre chhute aay 1977              
Na dir dir na 1978  

DV3

         
AN6
Keu kakhono thhik dupure 1978              
AN7
Khukumoni go sonaa 1978              
O maago maa 1978 RN3

EO4

         
AN9
Byangeder gaan sekhaa 1979              
Hobuchandra raja 1979

NK6

AH1

         
AN11
Akaa NoDe, kaane KoDe                
Iskaboner Deshe             OS4  
Teler shishi bhaanglo boley
Lyrics: Annada Shankar Roy
           

OS5

 
Naa naa putul sonaa 1981 NM1            
AN15
Ekkaa dokkaa tekkaa 1981              
Gorbori sing 1981 NM2            
AN17
Dhoro dekhi dhorte ki paarbe 1981              
AN18
Surjer aalo ese ghaase poDe
(with Sabita and Sanchari)
1982              
AN19
Daadkhaani chaal
Lyrics: Yogindranath Sarkar
1983              
AN20
Haraadhaner dashti chheley
Lyrics: Yogindranath Sarkar
1983              
Ak po dudh kinechhi
Traditional song- rewritten
1983          

OS40

 
AN22
Chhi chhi raandhte sekhey ni
Lyrics:Chandicharan Bandyopadhyay
1983              
AN23
Baburam saapurey
Lyrics: Sukumar Roy
1983              
Sandhyaraani saanjher belaay                
Bosey bosey ketey galo 1990         DB4  
Amono saghana barashaay 1990

OB11

           
Kono bhaalo kobitaar duto ponkti daao 1990

OB10

       

SS7

 
Kano elenaa 1990

TR1

         
Aami chaaini to kichhu 1990  

TB4

         
Akdin sandhyaay 1990

PV5

           
AN31
O ki je kori 1990              
O bholaa mon 1990

TK3

         
Janam janamer saathi 1990

MN4

RG3

         

Salil composed some wonderful new songs in the late eighties and nineties experimenting continuously with new styles and new techniques. However, quite a few of these songs did not become popular because they were not marketed properly. One of them is 'Amono saghana barashaay'. Using rich strings and the appropriate Raag he created a wonderful atmosphere of the rain ! The other exceptional composition is 'O bhola mon'. Salil used the Suspended 4th chords with the 5/4 rhythm (paanch maatra) for this folkish song. I consider this song as one of his best. In fact, he was quite proud of it himself. This song is however based on the amazing title music of the TV Serial 'Darpan' which Salil composed back in 1985.This piece is truly a vintage Salil classic with amazing chord progression and harmony. I was stunned when I heard it.
At the same time, Salil did some strange things for which I have no explanation. For example, he let Antara sing a pretty sub-standard Bengali version (see song #AN30 above) of that most beautiful Lata and Hemanta duet (Jhirjhir jhirjhir badarawa barse') from the Film 'Parivaar'. Salil even changed the melody of the 'antara' in this Bengali version ! Not to everybody's liking, unfortunately. Salil also wrote the lyrics of another traditional song previously recorded  by Ranu Mukhopadhaay ('Akash kusum diye' #OS48) and let Antara record it again as 'Ak po dudh kinechhi'.