Renowned Nazrul singer Masud Anam Kalpona and 30 upcoming singers have paid tribute to the national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam by releasing four albums of Nazrul songs, marking the poet’s 120th birth anniversary.
Each of the albums, which have been released at Kalpona’s personal website www.kalponaanam.com, contains lesser-known songs of Nazrul. Among the four albums, Tomarei Ami Chahiachhi Priyo is a solo by Kalpona containing 12 Nazrul songs, while Dio Bar Hey Mor Swami, Adho Dharani Alo Adho Adhar, Madhur Chhande Nache Anande and Soda Mon Chahe features upcoming singers who have been selected from around the country through workshops.
The albums are part of a series featuring lesser-known Nazrul songs sung following original musical notations, informed the singer.
‘I began the series five years ago and have released seven albums containing 70 songs so far. The aim of the series is to popularise lesser-known Nazrul songs rendered following the original musical notations,’ said Kalpona.
‘Even a few years ago, many singers were not following the musical notations properly when presenting the songs. However, thanks to the initiatives taken by renowned singers and Nazrul organisations young Nazrul singers now-a-days are showing interest to follow original musical notations when presenting the songs,’ said the singer, who teaches Nazrul Sangeet at Chhayanaut.
As a member of Bangladesh Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Sangstha, Kalpona Anam has been conducting workshops on Nazrul songs at different parts of the country to promote rendition of Nazrul songs following original lyrics and musical notations.
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