Up-and-coming Kolkata-based singer Priyangbada Banerjee has already made a name for herself in the music industry of Kolkata and also impressed the Dhaka audience as a versatile singer.
From Tagore to Nazrul, from folk to yesteryear songs, Priyangbada is very much into the Bangla music of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Prinyangbada, who grew up in a family of musicians, composers- singers, is a voracious listener of music and passionate about learning new genres. Besides, she is also a popular TV show anchor.
In an interview with New Age, the singer, who came to Dhaka to perform at a programme, shared her story, ongoing projects, future plans and thoughts on the recent music trends in Kolkata.
Priyangbada, happens to be granddaughter of eminent poet-lyricist-composer Abhijit Bandopadhyay and daughter of guitarist Partha Pratim Banerjee and singer Mahashweta Banerjee, was introduced to music at an early age.
‘Music was all around me. I learnt music like learning ABCD. I received my first music lessons under my dadu when I was very little’, shared Priyangbada, who commenced her training as a singer, like many others of her age in Kolkata, by learning Tagore songs. The singer, till date, has released two Tagore albums namely Adho Parichoy (2014) and Moner Kotha (2015).
After completing her lessons at home, Priyangbada learnt Nazrul songs under the tutelage of Indrani Sen. She has also received training in Indian classical music and is now learning the western music.
‘Though I grew up in a family which preferred the songs of the five poets and yesteryear songs, I find myself attracted to others genres as well’, shared Priyangbada Banerjee, who loves to perform folk and contemporary songs alongside Tagore and Nazrul songs.
‘Much of the music scene in Kolkata is undergoing a sharp change today. The classics of Bangla music, which people belonging to the generations of my parents and grandparents used to love and sing, is being replaced by music of multiple cultures,’ observed Priyangbada, adding that Bangla language and the classics of Bangla music can be found in its most original form in Bangladesh.
‘I have always found that Bangladeshi music-lovers are still inclined towards the nineteenth-twentieth century Bangla music which made me really comfortable while performing in Bangladesh’, said Priyangbada who has performed at a number of programmes in Dhaka, Chittagong and Barisal since 2010.
Priyangbada, who has made a name for herself as a singer of Tagore and yesteryears songs, has also sung songs penned by up and coming lyricists. She voiced eight songs penned and composed by young lyricists and musicians in her album ‘Kagojmohal’.
Priyangbada sang Fakir Lalon Shah’s song Krishnapreme Pora Deha and released the song on youtube.
‘I have plans to release at least one song on youtube every month. In the next few months I am looking forward to release a number of popular yesteryear and folk songs’, shared Priyangbada.
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