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Music heals the wounds of soul: Subir Nandi

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Eminent singer Subir Nandi has won the hearts of millions of fans across the county for presenting innumerable timeless songs since early seventies in all media including radio, cinema, TV and audio industry. 

Din jai kotha thake, Bondhu hote cheye tomar, Tumi emon-e, Hazar moner kachhe proshno rekhe, Koto je tomake beshechhi bhalo and many are such timeless songs sung by the singer which people still enjoy to listen.

He clinched above hundreds awards including four times National Film Award as playback singer in 1984, 1986, 2002 and 2006. He also won Bangladesh Film Journalist Association awards in 1977, 1982, 1985 and 1986.

Moreover, he was the second Bangladeshi singer who rendered songs at the House of Commons in United Kingdom in 1994 in response to the invitation of cultural department of the house.

Recently, Subir Nandi shared his views on the current trends of music, his style of music, impact of satellite culture and others in an interview with New Age.

As Subir was born in a rich cultural family, his attachment with music initiated at an early stage of his life. He likes to maintain the Bangla traditional way of music rendition yet he is concerned about the growing change derived from mordarnisation in the audience’s taste.

According to Subir, ‘music should be pleasing and it should be treated as the medicine that heals every wounds of soul. But these days the serenity and peacefulness in music are hard to be found. Rather, I find people presenting the songs with nasty dance movements in the name of modernisation.’

Subir also has a deep observation about the present trends of fusion music. According to him, when two or more genres are blended two types of results could be produced-- very pleasing or very annoying. ‘In present condition I see disturbing pieces are being produced more. To turn out a good piece, one has to have in-depth knowledge about all the genres he likes,’ added Subir.

About the aggression of satellite culture, Subir said ‘Having the platform of different TV and radio channels, even a growing singer can earn huge popularity for time being. But in the long run, that won’t help him to enhance his quality and excellence. Rather it distracts him from his contemplation towards music.’

He also observes that the TV channels are recklessly organising talent-hunt programmes in the name of helping out the promising singers. ‘We already found many talented singers as a result of those talent-hunt programmes. Now it is time to nourish their talents. Our music industry doesn’t have huge manpower to groom a large number of promising singers. We have enough for now. These programmes should be stopped for at least ten years,’ said Subir who worked as a judge in the talent-hunt show Channel-i Sera Kantho earlier.



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