Celebrated Tagore singer Shama Rahman is working on two new solo albums after five years since the release of her album featuring Tagore’s songs glorifying the monsoon in 2012.
One of the upcoming albums will feature selected 10 Tagore songs while another will feature songs composed by five great bards including - Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Dwijendralal Roy, Raajnikanta Sen and Atulprasad Sen.
‘Recording of the Tagore album featuring 10 songs has been completed. Bengal Foundation will release the album soon,’ Shama told New Age, adding that it would be her 16th solo of Rabindra Sangeet.
‘I’m also working on the album featuring songs of five great bards commonly known as Pancha Kabir Gaan,’ she said.
Shama Rahman grabbed the attention of Tagore music enthusiasts when her first solo album of Tagore songs titled ‘Lukale Bolei’ was released in 1997.
Thanks to her distinctive singing style, Shama won the hearts of Tagore music enthusiasts at home and abroad. ‘My style is influenced by that of Tagore exponent Kalim Sharafi, who was one of my mentors,’ she said.
‘I was introduced to Tagore songs in my childhood days. Growing up in music oriented family, I was encouraged to take music seriously’, she said.
She said she took music as a kind of her devotion and was also inspired by legendary Indian Tagore singers like Debabrata Biswas, Shuchitra Mitra, Kanika Bandhapadhay, Subinoy Roy and Dwijen Mukhopadhay.
In her professional music career spanning over 20 years, Shama Rahman has some great achievements to share.
She is the only Tagore singer whose nine solo albums of Tagore songs were produced by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and released in Paris in 2011.
‘Five out of nine albums featured 40 songs from five segments of Tagore’s anthology of songs titled Gitabitan, including Prem (Love), Prokriti (Nature), Puja (Devotional), Swadesh (Patriotic) and Bichitra (Diversity),’ Shama told New Age.
Marking centenary celebrations of publication of Tagore’s Nobel Winning collection, Gitanjali, Shama said, UNESCO also released four albums featuring 32 songs from the anthology in 2011 from Paris.
Sharing her motivation Shama said, ‘When it comes to singing one must focus and pay attention to the lyrics and music of the song to grab the attention of the listener.’
She suggests young singers to follow notations, dedicate themselves completely, practice regularly and grow up with music to become a complete singer.
Shama is cautious when it comes to recent trend of doing fusion with Tagore songs. ‘Though fusion may sometimes produce some fine pieces but most of the time it destroys the purity of the original songs’, said Shama.
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