NATIONAL FILM AWARD 2011
Best singer Bishwajit optimistic about film musicCultural Correspondent
Popular singer Kumar Bishwajit has won the National Film Award 2011 for singing the playback titled Chhoto chhoto asha in the film Prajapati. This is the singer’s second state recognition.
In a gazette notification, the government has recently announced the winners of the National Film Award 2011.
‘The song got huge appreciation from the audience just after its release. I count popularity more than any other recognition. The state recognition gives completeness,’ expressing his reaction after the announcement, the celebrated singer told New Age.
Bishwajit got his first National Film Award in 2009 for lending voice in the playback titled Ekta chand chhara raat adhar kalo in the film Swami Streer Wada.
He also got the best lyrist and best music composer awards for the song in 2009.
The ace singer has entered the film industry as a playback singer in 1982 and entertained the nation by giving voice in many popular songs.
But, he did not sing any playback for about five years when the industry was engulfed by copied songs from Indian film industry. ‘Music and lyrics are very important to me as a singer. While the film industry was producing songs with obscene lyrics and copied tune, I had to quit,’ said the singer.
But, Bishwajit believes that the industry is regaining its glory as many talented artistes have come back. ‘A number of talented music directors, musicians and singers are producing quality music these days in the film industry. And the best thing is that their products are getting appreciations,’ said Bishwajit.
Kumar Bishwajit, who has an illustrious musical career of over three decades, is not basically a playback singer, but, has attained nationwide popularity as a contemporary solo singer.
Revealing his approach as a singer for playback and other genres, Bishwajit said, ‘In playback songs, Different factors like the film director, actor, story and sequence of the film remain in consideration of a singer. So, the teamwork is really important for producing a quality playback. I’m completely a free artiste in my solo projects.’
‘But, I find both of the genres exciting and enjoyable’, he added.
Bishwajit is now working for his next solo album. ‘Audience will get some fresh and melodious songs in the album which is expected to be released in the mid of the year,’ he said.
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