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Posted by Rahul Basu on May 9, 2011 at 3:51 PM

This is an audio documentary on one of the greatest exponents of Rabindrasangeet, done by a noted film and documentary maker, Utpalendu Chakraborty. This documentary highlights the life and works of Debabrata Biswas through anecdotes and personal reminiscences by the singer himself. This also features some rare songs sung by him, like 'Amar Pratibader Bhasa' (composed by Salil Choudhury) when he was associated with the Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA). It is interesting to note that he was later disillusioned by this People's Theatre Movement because he thought, in order to instigate the people, they had to stay with the people, learn their language and work with them. It also touches upon his tussle with Viswabharati Music Board and the consequent obstacle to his recording.

Another special feature of this documentary, is a reminiscence by Satyajit Ray, where he expresses his admiration for Debabrata Biswas and highlights the qualities which distinguishes him. On the whole, one will find different shades of his character which is marked by simplicity, straight forwardness, sense of humour and self-respect. Perhaps, these qualities make him one of the most loved singers of our time.


Documentary Details

Script, Music and Direction : Utpalendu Chakraborty

Reminiscence by Satyajit Ray

Background Voice : Debabrata Biswas

Commentry : Madhabi Chakraborty

Arrangement : Aalo Kundu

Assistant Director : Prabir Ganguli

Assistant Music Director : Aloknath Dey

Editor : Bulu Ghosh

Sound Recording : Shyamal Roychoudhury

Accompaniment : Dinesh Chandra, Biplab Mandal, Rabin Ganguly, Soumen Bose

Songs and Music :

Rabindranath Tagore,  Jyotirindranath Tagore. Sukanta Bhattacharya, Salil Choudhury

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Tags: Rabindranath debabrata biswas rabindrasangeet 150 years celebrations