The Grand finale of the fourth edition of Rabindra Gaane Pratima Chandra Puroshkar titled “Aruprataner Sandhane” was held on Saturday, 7th December, 2019 at ICCR Auditorium, Kolkata. The competition was organised by Pratima Chandra Foundation, in association with DaakGhar. Rabindra Sangeet enthusiasts from different parts of West Bengal showed interest for the auditions. Out of which 55 applicants were called for audition on 9th November, 2019 at Rotary Sadan, Kolkata. The judges selected 10 participants for the grand finale. These participants performed live in front of the judges and the audience, through 3 rounds of competition.
Famous singers Smt. Srabani Sen and Smt. Kamalini Mukherji and famous Music Director Sri Joy Sarkar inaugurated the event and also released the Audio CD of the winners of the third edition of “Aruprataner Sandhane”.
Sri Manoj Murali Nair, eminent Rabindra Sangeet Singer and founder of DaakGhar mentored and arranged the entire competition.
Eminent Rabindra Sangeet artistes Smt. Srabani Sen and Smt. Kamalini Mukherji and eminent Music Director Sri Joy Sarkar judged the Grand Finale.
The Auditions were judged by Smt. Ranjini Mukherjee, Smt. Debika Dutta and Sri Subrata Mukherjee.
7th December: The contestants –
Ms. Reema Dasgupta || Ms. Shreya Chakraborty || Ms. Rodosee Ghosh || Ms. Sudeshna Saha || Mr. Arya Shaon Bhattacharya || Ms. Moumita Sen || Ms. Puja Rajak || Ms. Prakriti Mukherjee || Ms. Sumeli Chakraborty || Ms. Ankita Ghosh
Congratulations!! In the competition Ms. Sumeli Chakraborty of Garifa, Kolkata won the First Prize. The Second Prize was won by Ms. Reema Dasgupta of Santiniketan, Birbhum. Ms. Rodosee Ghosh of Garia, Kolkata won the Third Prize.
The winners were awarded Musical Instruments worth Rs. 70,000/- (Rupees Seventy Thousand) and Trophies. The Managing Director of P. C. Chandra Jewellers, Sri U. K. Chandra graced the occasion and gave away the winners’ trophies.
RABINDRA GAANE PRATIMA CHANDRA PUROSHKAR 2019 “ARUPRATANER SANDHANE” Judges Details
Smt. Srabani Sen
Srabani Sen is a Bengali Indian exponent of Rabindra Sangeet and Bengali songs. She is the daughter of singer Sumitra Sen, and the younger sister of another Rabindra Sangeet exponent Indrani Sen. She is a successor to the gharana, which has contributed to the spread of Tagore’s music across the world.
She was schooled at Patha Bhavan school in Kolkata. Later she studied geography at the Gokhale Memorial Girls’ College, a women’s college affiliated with the University of Calcutta and earned a postgraduate degree from the same university. She started as a journalist for the Bengali magazine Manorama, before opting for a full-time career in music. Sen’s tutelage commenced under her mother’s guidance was followed by training at Geetabitan Music Institute. She has sung on the soundtracks of many films, including Dekha, Baariwali, Swapner Feriwalla, Sanjhbaatir Rupkothara, Ballygunge Court , and Hemanter Pakhi. In 2000, she was awarded the B.F.J.A award for the best female playback singer for her soulful rendition of Rabindra Sangeet Amala Dhabala Paaley in director Rituparno Ghosh’s film, Utsab.
Smt. Kamalini Mukherji
Smt. Kamalini Mukherji is one of the leading exponents of Rabindranath Tagore’s songs, known in India and Bangladesh as “Rabindra Sangeet”. She has been trained from an early age at Dakshinee, a leading Rabindrasangeet academy in Kolkata, India. Over the last 11 years she has performed extensively in India, US, Canada, and Bangladesh, and has been a regular face on Bengali television in India, Bangladesh, and the Bengali diaspora across the globe, including the US. In 2013 she went to Mauritius on a mission to teach and spread Tagore’s music in that country on a joint initiative between the Govt. of Mauritius and UNESCO, in commemoration of Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary. She has given a solo concert for the President of India, Sri Pranab Mukherjee, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in 2015. She has had solo and group performances at the North American Bengali Conferences (NABC) in 2013 in Toronto, and in 2016 in New York City. She sang for the 2005 movie Nishijapon, directed by Sandip Ray. Kamalini has 12 albums with one of the leading music labels in India, Saregama, 7 of them solo. This includes a prestigious “Best of Kamalini” collection. A student of South Point school, Kolkata, Kamalini completed her Bachelor’s in English Literature from Jadavpur University, India with a gold medal in 2001. She then won the (Bill) Gates Cambridge Scholarship and went to St John’s College, Cambridge, UK for a master’s degree. On completing her degree, she spent a year in Collegio Ghislieri, University of Pavia, Italy on an exchange program with St. John’s College. She aspires to take Tagore’s music to a wider international audience, cutting across generations and geographical boundaries. She currently divides her time between Kolkata and San Francisco.
Sri Joy Sarkar
Sourav Sarkar, popularly known as Joy Sarkar, is a Kolkata based Indian Bengali film music composer. He mainly works in Bengali cinema and albums. He composed soundtracks for Jodi Ekdin (2010), Accident (2012), Muktodhara (2012), Bicycle Kick (2013), Half Serious (2013), Rupkatha Noy (2013), The play (2013), Antaraal (2013), Women Prayed and Preyed Upon (2013), Ek Phali Rodh (2014), Abby Sen (2015), Kiriti Roy (2016), Nayikar Bhumikay (2017), Bilu Rakkhosh (2017), Pupa (2018), Reunion (2019), Shesher Golpo (2019), and Parcel (2019).
Joy Sarkar was born in Kolkata, to Sudhin Sarkar, who is a Bengali singer, and Kalyani Sarkar. He is married to eminent Bengali Singer Lopamudra Mitra since 2001. They have worked together and composed many Bengali songs. He started his musical journey with the Guitar, learning from Subrata Karmakar, Nepal Shaw and Amyt Dutta. Travelling extensively around the country and the globe he slowly started doing sessions, arrangements and composing. He started his career in 1998 when he composed the first song of his life that was “Chhelebelar Brishti”. He got Radio Mirchi Best Upcoming Singer Award in 2013 for the song “Dhoro Kono Katha Holo Na” from the film Accident.