Introduction to Bengali Basic Songs
Salil started composing the modern Bengali songs from the early fifties. One of his first songs 'Sei Meye'(1950) sung by the famous Rabindra Sangeet singer Suchitra Mitra was in one way an exceptionaly haunting and beautiful song and in another way it continued the story of Rabindranath Thakur's famous song 'Krishnokoli aami tarei boli'. Salil's interpretation of that beautiful doe-eyed dark girl was the harsh reality of the poverty of Bengal. No romanticism here...
Salil's songs, unlike his contemporaries, never talked about the moon, the
stars, the birds and the romantic love.
Salil started experimenting with new techniques, new melody lines with complex chord progressions, using vocal harmony and rich orchestration. In fact one can easily identify a Salil-song from the crowd of other songs just by his unique style. He started a revolution in the Bengali Modern Music and created a new musical style, a 'Gharana'. The gharana of Salil-Sangeet...
In fact, understanding, analyzing and interpreting his songs has become a challenge
to many music composers and music lovers. Salil was much ahead of his contemporaries.
A composer for the composers. Once you start getting into his music you can only
wonder about his unfathomable talent, his deep understanding of melody and harmony,
his wonderful feeling for the orchestration and above all his musicality. Behind
each and every song Salil composed, there was so much thought, so much imagination
and so much melody.
Other Known variations
Very often Salil used one melody as a basis melody and used that in another language with diffrent arrangements and with dramatic effect. This way, one very popular Bengali song,for example, would also be available to the Malayalam or the Hindi speaking audience. A good example is 'O Sajana, Barkha bahaar aayii', one of Salil's greatest creations was first released in Bengali as 'Na Jeona, rajoni akhono baaki'. There are numerous such examples. For many Salil admirers I have tried to give this cross-reference below under 'Other known variations'. Hnd=Hindi, Mal=Malayalam, Tam=Tamil, Tel=Telugu, Kan=Kannad, Bng=Bengali and Oth=other
How does this cross-reference work ?
Songs of each singer and each film are presented in a table and they are numbered
in a sequence. Each table gets a two-character ID. So, you can identify a song
by it's two-character ID and the sequence number. Songs in Lata's Bengali song
table, for example, get IDs such as LM1,LM2 etc.
How can I listen to some songs ?
The songs that are available can be heard as "streaming songs". That means, you can't do "save as" and save the song. You can, of course, listen to the song as many times as you want.