A documentary on late eminent Tagore song exponent Shailajaranjan Majumder titled ‘Rabir Kirone Shailajaranjan’ was premiered at a programme held at the Seminar Room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.
The programme was organised by cultural organisation Chayanika marking Shailajaranjan Majumder’s 119th birth anniversary.
The documentary has been directed by SB Biplab and produced by Chayanika.
The shooting for the documentary began in 2006 and ended in 2019. It was shot at various locations including Baham village under Mohanganj Upazila, the birthplace of Shailajaranjan Majumder.
‘After completing the first phase of shooting for the documentary, we shot it at Santiniketan, where both Rabindranath Tagore and Shailajaranjan had spent a lot of time. The documentary will give viewers a glimpse into life and work of Shailajaranjan Majumder. I hope viewers will find it entertaining,’ said SB Biplab.
‘The documentary is going to be released soon in Bangladesh and India,’ he added.
Born on July 20, 1900, Shailajaranjan Majumder was a distinguished exponent and teacher of Tagore songs.
Shailajaranjan had an aptitude for both vocal and instrumental music from his childhood. However, he completed master’s degree in chemistry in 1924 from the University of Calcutta to fulfil his father’s wishes and then acquired a degree in law.
He joined Visva Bharati a lecturer in chemistry in 1932. It was during this time that he got the opportunity to learn Tagore’s songs from the poet-musician himself as well as from his brother Dinendranath Tagore.
Rabindranth Tagore was highly impressed with Shailajaranjan. When Sangeet Bhavan at Shantiniketan was established in 1939, Tagore asked Shailajaranjan to be its first principal.
Shailajaranjan wrote musical notation of at least 300 Tagore songs. He was awarded D.Litt from Rabindra Bharati University in 1985. In 1985, Visva Bharati University honoured him with ‘Deshikuttom’ title for his outstanding contribution to Tagore songs.
He died on May 24, 1992 at Salt Lake in Kolkata.
Besides, the programme also featured a seminar on Shailajaranjan Majumder where Bangladesh Mahila Parishad president Ayesha Khanam, teacher at Jahangirnagar University Shafi Ahmed, thespians SM Mohsin and Dr Enamul Haque, among others, participated as discussants.
Professor Sanjida Khanam presented the keynote speech at the programme, presided over by Rabindra University vice-chancellor Biswajit Ghosh.
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