Kabir Suman says: Part 2

It was not Kabir Suman who got the award. It was Bengal’s music. The great texts written by the wonderful Kabiyals of Bengal, whose work and contributions have always been belittled by the Bengali gentry, their stupendous command over our language, its movement, its texture, its power, its SOUND, its abundance and over meter made me compose the melodies for the 13 songs. I wonder why not even Rabindranath Thakur tried to assess the Kabiyals’ contributions. WAS IT BECAUSE THE KABIYALS REPRESENTED THE COMMON PEOPLE AND NOT THE LANDED GENTRY? In my work I was influenced by Bengal’s Kirtan, Ramprosad tunes, Bangla Paala tunes and movements, Bhairabi baul, different modes of Shyamasangeet, Hindustani raagas, Bangla “boiThoki gaan”… My own songs are a continuation of Bangla Adhunik Gaan which, again, has always used raagas, Bengali folk music, Kirtan and European music. Out of all these different elements the IDIOMS of Modern Bengali Songs were created. I thank Srijit Mukherjee and the producers once again for giving me this opportunity to expose at least some aspects of Bengal’s Music to the world.

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