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Kothay o Gaane – Rabindranath Tagore

Kothay o Gaane – Rabindranath Tagore

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A tribute to Tagore

We share the innovative commemoration of the death anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore through an unconventional artistic tribute. Jisshu Sengupta and his ensemble, in collaboration with poets and actors, reimagined the traditional mourning associated with the occasion into a celebration of closure and new beginnings.

On the occasion of the death anniversary of the renowned poet Rabindranath Tagore, a remarkable and distinct homage was paid in a way that stirred the hearts of the audience. Jisshu Sengupta, a prominent actor, and his ensemble brought Tagore’s spirit to life in an unconventional manner, evoking a blend of emotions that resonated with the bard’s philosophy of celebrating both departure and new beginnings.

The event, orchestrated by Swapna Inc Entertainment and held at Nazrul Mancha, was an evening filled with melodies, verses, and narratives that unveiled the profound essence of Tagore’s creations. “Aaj O Agami-, Bidayer Udjapone, Samaptir Samabartane” – the 22nd day of the month of Shraban, known as “Baishe Shraban,” was transformed into a grand commemoration. This day has long been associated with mourning among Bengalis, yet the man for whom they grieve envisioned it as a celebration of closure, a convocation of endings. This year, that vision was brought to life in a novel way, highlighting the beauty of Tagore’s works through poetry, songs, plays, and reflections.

Jisshu Sengupta plaing the Drum
Jisshu Sengupta plaing the Drum

At the center of this artistic endeavor was Jisshu Sengupta, who, though renowned for his acting prowess, took on the role of a musician and drummer for this event. Collaborating with poet Srijato, Iman Chakraborty, Shovan Ganguly, and esteemed actors such as Sohini Sarkar, Saurav Das, Indrasish Roy, and Ankita Chakraborty, the event unfolded as a celebration of Tagore’s timeless philosophy.

Jisshu & The Retrodictions

The event was structured around a masterful fusion of Tagore’s creations with contemporary interpretations. The program’s screenplay was crafted by the talented poet Srijato, who seamlessly interwove his own writings with Tagore’s enduring verses. Jisshu & The Retrodictions conceptualized the entire performance, drawing inspiration from the life of Rabindranath Tagore life philosophy.

The talented poet Srijato
The talented poet Srijato

The evening came alive with musical renditions by Iman Chakraborty, including soulful tracks like “Amar Ei Poth Chawatei Ananda,” “Tomay Gaan Shonabo,” and “Eki Labanyey Purno Praan.” Shovan Ganguly’s emotive performance of “Majhe Majhe Taba Dekha Pai” was another highlight, showcasing the timeless appeal of Tagore’s creations.

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Iman Chakraborty and Shovan Ganguly creating the magic with their mermerising voice
Iman Chakraborty and Shovan Ganguly creating the magic with their mermerising voice

Jisshu Sengupta expressed his gratitude to everyone who contributed to the success of this initiative. The standing ovation from the audience, acknowledging their efforts, moved him to tears. He conveyed a deep sense of fulfillment and hinted at the possibility of revisiting the celebration in the future.

Indrasish Roy ans Sohini Sarkar played their role effortlessly
Indrasish Roy ans Sohini Sarkar played their role effortlessly

In the years to come, the innovative approach taken by Jisshu Sengupta and his team might serve as a template for commemorating the legacy of great artists. By infusing Tagore’s ethos into their performances, they not only paid tribute to his memory but also demonstrated the enduring relevance of his works in the modern context. This celebration was not merely an event; it was a testament to the timelessness of Tagore’s wisdom and the transformative power of artistic expression.

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