Famed classical musician Samarjit Roy has banded together with Priyanka Gope, another noted face in Bengali classical music arena, for a duet song for the first time. On the occasion of Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of Hindu community, the song titled ‘Behager Shure’ was released on October 6 on the YouTube channel of ‘G-series’.
‘Behager Shure’ is written by GK Dutta. Samarjit Roy has directed and composed the music of the song. Both the singers recorded their voice for the song at JK Majlish’s Studio. Instrumental recording was done at JMD Studio of Kolkata city. There is a soothing mixture of sounds of sitar played by Rahul Chatterjee, tabla by Prabir Chatterjee and flute by Bubai in this song. Samarjit Roy is expecting that the song will captivate the mind of classical music lovers for its sugary flavour.
Samarjit obtained a degree in Hindustani classical vocal music from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya in New Delhi. He is a disciple of Padma Shri Pt. Madhup Mudgal and Padma Shri Pt. Ajoy Chakravarty. Samarjit has received several awards notable among which is the coveted ‘Pandit DV Paluskar Award’, ‘Sangeeta Vasant Bendre Award’, ‘Nalini Pratap Kanvinde Award’, ‘Hari Om Trust Award’, ‘Vasudev Chintaman Waghmare Award’, ‘Sushila Award’ and ‘Sukhvarsha Roy Award’.
On the other hand, Priyanka Gope is one of the leading exponents of classical music who has been trained under maestros such as Ananda Chakrabarty, Dr Asit Roy, Wahidul Haque, Professor Subir Nandy and more. Gope completed her M.A. from the Department of Music, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. She is now a faculty member of Department of Music at University of Dhaka.
Gope has won several national and international awards such as Gold Medal by Prime Minister for securing first position in Nazrul Sangeet in the National Education Week, 2001; Best Vocal Artist in Tangail and greater Mymensingh in 1999; first place in the Rabindra Sangeet competition organised by ‘National Rabindra Sangeet Sammilon Porishod’ in 2003; Acharya Uday Bhushan Smriti Purashkar by Rabindra Bharati University in 2003 and, first position in Thumri and second position in Khayal in the 56th talent hunt competition organised by the Dover Lane Music Conference and Academy, among others.