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Monday March 17, 2014 by এডমিন

Sunday, September 02,2007 Kabir Suman, the F-word spewing poet-singer, tells Dola Mitra that people are more interested in his alleged womanising than in his songs We were in awe of the man. He was in his thirties then and, unlike other adults, made generous use of the F-word in front of us. He was idealistic, […]

For Zubin Mehta And Kashmir (2013)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

“Will your music weep for the martyrs Seventy thousand Kashmiris killed Will your music bring back the thousands Disappeared in the shadows of the hills.” These are a few lines from a song, entitled ‘For Zubin Mehta and Kashmir’ (Listen to the song here), written by Kabir Suman, an Indian politician and a Kolkata-based musician/ […]

Marriage has nothing to do with love

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

His body might show signs of ageing, his mind can’t. Kabir suman still bubbles with the enthusiasm of a 16-year-old. Just that in love, he no longer looks for a destination. It’s not important for a woman to cook for him, make his bed, but he can die hearing his beloved whisper, suman, suman… Yellow […]

Mamata is the worst politician I have met (2013)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

Age has not mellowed him. At 64, Kabir Suman, the musician-turned-politician, is his rebellious self and do not mince words as he attacks his political mentor, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. In a freewheeling interview with THE WEEK, the Trinamool Congress MP from Jadavpur, in Kolkata, discusses among other things, why he is quitting […]

Kabir Suman and Suman Mukhopadhyay (2012)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

The story goes that decades back, one Suman combed the city looking for another Suman… Suman Mukhopadhyay (SM): Tomake Chai hadn’t released then. I had just worked in a play — Madhab Malanchi Kanya, where I was Madhab. And just before the play, Sumanda had done a solo show. Kabir Suman (KS): Amio khep dhorchhi […]

I wouldn’t mind courting arrest (2012)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

Laughter is the best medicine, says Kabir Suman, who has composed a song on Mukulgate There’s no language for protest better than music — and no one in Bengal knows this better than Kabir Suman. The musician and MP has uploaded on his website a string of songs that sting with their political content and […]

Kabir Suman’s first album completes 20 years (2012)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

Can a song change the way an entire generation thinks, speaks, feels? It can. It did. On April 23, 1992, when Kabir Suman released his first solo album, ” Tomake Chai”, Bengalis found their voice. Expressing love had never been more beautiful. On Monday, when the album completed 20 years, music lovers got together at […]

Song for author Sunil Ganguly (2012)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

(Song for Sunil ) Kabir Suman remembers the author in style Sunil Ganguly has left Kolkata bereft, but life continues. Kabir Suman has captured the poet’s passing and the sense of loss in his new song, Oi rastar bankey. The song was written and put to tune on October 24, a day after the literary […]

Remembering Sunil Gangopadhyay (2012)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

Is a poet an acquired taste? Kabir Suman remembers how he discovered and internalized Sunil Gangopadhyay in a piece for TOI. Erica Jong said in her novel Fear of Flying: “Courage, like caviar, is an acquired taste.” So is poetry. I would go a step further and say — a poet is an acquired taste, […]

Rebel MP Kabir Suman (2012)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

Trinamool leaders responsible for rapes in Bengal In the wake of gangrape of a student allegedly by members of Trinamool Congress’ students’ wing, the party’s rebel MP Kabir Suman Saturday blamed “irresponsible comments” by the leadership including party supremo Mamata Banerjee for the rising instances of crime in West Bengal. “I feel the leaders including […]

Kabir Suman composes a song for Pinki Pramanik (2012)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

Like rain clouds looming in the distance, some amount of discontent is building in parts of the city. After players from Bengal, including former champions Jyotirmoyee Sikdar and Bula Chowdhury, came out in the open to rally around Pinki Pramanik on Friday, claiming that the athlete’s human rights have been violated and that she deserves […]

‘Feared for my safety’ (2012)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

Rebel Congress MP Kabir Suman chose not to vote in the presidential election held at the state Assembly on Thursday as he feared for his safety. “My well-wishers called me to say that if I had gone to cast my vote, I would have been lynched. I do not want to get into a scuffle […]

OUTLOOK – Opinion (2012)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

Fortress Of Unreason: Mamata once believed in democracy. Time she rediscovered it. ~Kabir Suman I’m sure similar things have happened in history, but this is happening in the year 2012, in our city, Calcutta, where we otherwise show a lot of forbearance. And this is something that has seldom happened in India. First of all, […]

I don’t know who this mamata Banerjee is (2012)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

Last year, he supported Mamata Banerjee’s electoral battle against the CPM. Today, poet and Trinamool Congress MP Kabir Suman has turned rebel and has even penned a song titled ‘Haashi Niye Thako’ that mocks his leader over Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra’s arrest. He tells Swati Sengupta that Didi is now behaving like a feudal […]

Rebel TMC MP pens song mocking Mamata (2012)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

“Smile in the face of adversity” seems to be the message of singer-turned-rebel Trinamool Congress MP Kabir Suman, who has penned a song mocking the West Bengal government after a Jadavpur University professor was arrested for group mailing a cartoon featuring chief minister Mamata Banerjee, railway minister Mukul Roy and Trinamool MP Dinesh Trivedi. Suman […]

When Jojo met Kabir Suman (2012)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

They are both singers living in the same city, but Jojo and Kabir Suman only met recently and even had that ‘aww’ moment! It was not on stage, not even for a musical programme. The duo bumped into each other on the sets of Suman Mukhopadhyay’s screen adaptation of Kangal Malsat! Incidentally, both singers play […]

Back on track (2012)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

Debaditya has finally got his wish. The director, whose “8:08 er Bonga Local” is all set to hit the screens on April 13, is happy that Kabir Suman has finally given his consent to sing a number in the project. Says the director, “The number, “Roj sokal ghum theke otha/Ek i routine sei ek i […]

I’m lusty old man (2011)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

I’m lusty old man looking for carnal pleasure: Kabir Suman (2011) No, he hasn’t heard of ‘Kolaveri di’. And today’s music in Bengal? ‘Hopeless’. In the eye of the storm – again – for a string of political songs on his website, Kabir Suman says politics is not his cup of tea – nor even […]

I’m quitting stage forever: Kabir Suman (2011)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

Bongs, he says, aren’t listening. He wonders whether they even remember the art of making love. Emotionally bruised and physically exhausted, Kabir Suman is resolute to call it quits. He is ready to perform for a gathering of 10 friends, but there will be no more public performances. In a freewheeling chat, the songwriter-musician-actor-MP pours […]

Kabir Suman misses Subhas Chakraborty (2011)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

Songwriter-singer-actor-TMC MP Kabir Suman, whose composition, ” Tumi shunona amar katha”, has been used in a commercial without his knowledge, said there’s no organization to take care of artistes’ rights. “The scene was still better till Subhas Chakraborty was alive. Artistes will continue missing him,” said the performer. Incidentally, Subhas Chakraborty was the Transport, Sports […]

Coffee with BS: Kabir Suman (2010)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

“The day the music died” Since he says the Trinamool and the CPI(M) are two sides of the same coin, West Bengal’s revolutionary singer-MP looks for a new tune. One of his most famous songs describes the plight of the urban families living in dingy, 10 ft by 10 ft rooms. During his 11-month-old political […]

Mission Jadavpur

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

Kabir Suman on Mission Jadavpur with a song on his lips (2009) Here, the horizon is made of clusters of skyscrapers that dot the fringes of the E M Bypass. And as the afternoon sun jumps behind these tall denizens of Kolkata’s real estate pride, bringing an early sunset to those who live in their […]

From music to manifesto (2009)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

Having grown up listening to the likes of Harry Belafonte, Subinoy Roy, Frank Sinatra, Begum Akhtar, Nat King Cole, Pankaj Kumar Mullick and Paul Robeson, hearing politicians scream should be jarring. Suman Kabir admits as much. “The biggest challenge is to keep my music alive. I can sense the dichotomy. Being wedded to music, the […]

A conversation (1995)

Thursday January 30, 2014 by এডমিন

How do you define modern Bengali song ? It is very difficult to define modern Bengali songs.In English there are two words.One is modern & other is contemporary.Now the concept of modern is a vast concept.A modern song is one which mirrors the current moods.Suppose an incident moves you to write a song,it is apt […]

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