Kolkata: Singers came unplugged in first radio FM show Kolkata on May 17 retracing their musical journey, 15 of the biggest stars from the Bengali music industry including rockstar Rupam Islam, Anupom Roy, film playback singer Somlata revealed little nuggets of their own lives and career at an FM show having ended on Thursday evening.

"This is for the first time I got to share so many details of my singing life. Some of the incidents I myself had forgotten earlier but gradually came to my mind as I talked for over 45 minutes," said Somlata, whose rendition in national award winner Ranjana Ami Aar Asbona won plaudits, told media here.

"I had even recalled my experience in Ranjana and how director Anjan Dutt called me up when I was in US and we sat for days after return. He is very musically instinctive and he knows what he wants and it was an absolute delight to work with him," Somlata, whose 'Tumi Asbe Bole Tai' earned praises, said.

Explaining how he felt like the show never came to an end, Fossils-lead singer and popular rockstar Rupam Islam said "there were certain facts, you might term as classified or hidden till now, which came to the fore as we went on discussing our musical journey, the initial days, the hardships and then the success, the adulation and recognition, my baptism to music and similar things in the unplugged format." "And I must say had never attended such a show on live FM or any channel talk show on such a scale," he recalled.

Amake Amar Mato Thakte Deo-famed Anupam Roy, one of the busiest lyricists and composers in contemporary Bengali film music, said "yes, many unheard of things in my career or life came out of the tumble and we all enjoyed the show."

Anupam, famed for the ‘doorbine chokh rakhbo na’ album, quipped "but in the show I had let out the secret how not to keep our gaze off the doorbin (binocular) so that you can’t miss the beauty of life from the aesthetic point of view.”.

Called 'BIG Studio Unplugged' the show also brought to the fore the informal sides of Lopamudra, Joy Sarkar, this year’s national award winner Neel Dutta, Shilajit, Anindya-Upol of Chandrabindoo and Surojit Soumitra, Anjan Dutta, Rupankar.

The singers not only performed live on air some of their biggest hits but also shared trivia on what went into the making of their body of work, RJ Mahua one of the hosts of the show said.

The festival, having begun in the end of April end ending on Thursday, featured singers from all major genres, including Folk, Rabindrasangeet, Band, film playback.


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