The novel coronavirus is now affecting people at all levels in the country. Movement curbs observed by many officially and unofficially is dealing economic blows for the lower and middle class while causing psychological traumas for the rich.
In this connection, all stage shows are also cancelled. But the musical artistes have not stopped playing their songs. Their songs continue to be released during the pandemic. The singers’ community has lent their voices on YouTube and Facebook.
Among these is the song "Khoma Karo Prakriti", sung by Samarjit Roy and Priyanka Gope, two popular classical artistes of the time. Another track titled “Bishader Ganner Bela" sung by Samarjit Roy is also going to be released. It has been penned by talented lyricist Shakir Dewan. The music has been composed and directed by the singer himself.
The two songs have recently been released on Samarjit Roy’s YouTube channel.
Samarjit Roy is expecting that the song will captivate the mind of classical music lovers for its sugary flavour. The singer said, “While economic fall is one challenge that has surfaced for singers, mental wellbeing and motivation is also a concern for most. Being a stage performer, I still try to be as active as possible on social media. This way, I can prevent my students and peers from getting discouraged,”
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.