Rabindranath Tagore is not an uncommon name among Indians as well as throughout the globe. Given the mammoth collection of songs, poetry, short-stories, novels and other literature by him, India is yet to witness another genius like him. Among everything else, his songs, called “Ranbindrasangeet” is the most popular among his work and like many of us already know, he has been the lyricist and composer for all his songs, and have also lent his voice to many of them. On the occasion of his 157th birth anniversary today, while his followers throughout the word are celebrating and honoring him with his songs, there are certain others who are least interested. A few young men and women have shared their opinions with HotFridayTalks.com about their liking or aversion towards this genre of music and here’s what they have to say.
While most of the youth today get a tag of being restless and thus fonder of fast-paced pop rock music, for Shreya Shome Choudhury, it’s different. “I am very fond of Rabindrasangeet and I think the reason why it is still popular among the youth, is the universality of its subject. I believe, there is not a single teenager experiencing the first feelings of romantic love, who cannot relate to Tagore’s songs,” says 21 year old Shreya.
Jashodhara Mukherjee of the same age says, “I don’t really like Rabindrasangeet. I would not say that the lyrics are bad, but they are too slow and monotonous for my taste.”
24 year old Debasmita Datta loves to listen to the song “Purano sei diner kotha”; a song that speaks of lost times and calls soul mates to relive the old days once again. “The lyrics are something I can always connect too. I like both, the traditional version by Hemanta Mukhopadhyaya as well as the modern version by Shaan” she says.
22 year old Tathagata Paul on the other hand says, “I was forced to listen to some songs when I was a kid, since then I have never listened to them again. I don’t like the clichéd soundtrack that lack innovations; it has a depressing effect on my mind.”
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22 year old Kuntal Goswami, who is also a close friend to Tathagata, has a completely different opinion to share. “It’s is surprising how some of the songs can match perfectly with certain situations of our lives. Looks like Tagore knew that we will be going through these phases in life. He has something for everyone for every situation. Again, there are songs that fill me with inspiration and courage,” says Kuntal.
On the contrary, 23 year old Ritam Chatterjee says, “I never liked listening to Rabindrasangeet. Maybe the reason is, I prefer high-energy music. I love more music than deep-seated and meaningful lyrics.”
Avik Mitra, a 22 year old has a completely different take on this. “I like very selective songs from this genre” says Avik. “The songs I like are mostly because I can connect to the lyrics. However, I like the modern renditions more than the traditional versions.”
So, as you can already get the drift of it, this topic can have a never-ending debate. However, something that is clear from the opinions is, Tagore’s songs had lyrics that everyone can connect to at some points of their lives. Maybe musicians should try more innovations with the pace, without spoiling the originality, to gain more votes from the youth!