With Durga Puja approaching its final moments, classical singer Priyanka Gope says she is relishing the experiences and fun and festivity that the Hindu prayer ritual brings along with it.
Puja for Gope, also a well-known singer of the Nazrul Sangeet genre, means a boost to her schedule and much-sought-after opportunities to spend time with friends and family. She also loves to perform Agomoni Gaan – ritualistic songs related to puja - at altars.
While talking to New Age, the singer spoke of her puja days as well as her future plans and involvements.
‘I always enjoy the few days of Durga Puja as it gives me the opportunity to spend time with my family, visit places and entertain guests. I also enjoy singing Agomoni Gaan at altars,’ said Gope, who had already performed at the altars at Kalabagan and Jagannath Hall of Dhaka University on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
She also performed live on a music show titled ‘Pujar Gaan’ on Ekattor TV.
‘I also enjoy visiting different altars with my family and friends, cooking food for my guests.’
Gope, who has to juggle her music career and a teaching stint at the music department of Dhaka University, also talked about her future involvements. ‘I am preparing myself for some upcoming classical music concerts.’
‘In the winter season, the number of shows and concerts increases and I am already in talks to perform in a number of events. It’s going to be a busy schedule,’ said Gope, who is also rehearsing with her students for a performance at the upcoming Bengal Classical Music Festival.
Priynak Gope has a total of four solo albums to her credit, and has also lent voices to many songs for mixed albums. Recently, she released a solo album based on thumris which she said was received well by the audience.
‘Music is all I think of and dream of. I am working to popularise classical music in Bangladesh and I hope that there will be more platforms for classical singers in the coming days.’
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