Ajita Guha is one of the contemporary Rabindra Sangeet singers of Kolkata, India. The artiste performed a solo music night at Fulki Auditorium in Chittagong on Friday. This was her third solo performance in Bangladesh. The programme titled “Antar Momo” was arranged by Kotha Media.
In an interview with the Daily Star, she shared her thoughts on Rabindra Sangeet.
How does it feel to perform in Bangladesh?
Ajita Guha: I always like coming to Bangladesh. I performed at Theatre Institute Chittagong, Chittagong Club and Bistaar earlier. The Bangladeshi audiences are always vibrant. My parents are from Bangladesh. So, it is like getting back to your roots.
Who was your inspiration in music?
Ajita Guha: My mother is my inspiration. I always try to be more like her while guiding my two sons in music. My elder son plays keyboard and guitar while the younger one sings. My mentors are Arghya Sen and Sanjit Sen. I still take lessons from them regularly.
What is your thought on young generation's appreciation of Rabindra Sangeet?
Ajita Guha: Appropriate presentation is important to make the youths listen to the lyrics after which they can relate to the songs. Artistes have a lot to do on their arrangement and performance to make it appealing to youngsters. After all, Rabindra Sangeet is evergreen.
Do you endorse fusion in Tagore songs?
Ajita Guha: In fusion, one has to incorporate many things. Tagore songs are inherently refined and complete. Fusion is more like a superimposed form that desecrates Tagore's words and tunes. Artistes need to be more careful not to ruin a song in the name of fusion. What they need is to find the perfect way to present the songs soulfully. Young listeners will be more attracted to the song then for sure.