The first post today is aaye tobey sahochori by Kolkata music artist Soumita Saha. Singer Soumita Saha collaborated for this song, celebrating friendship, with French musician Greg Sauzet.
aaye tobey sahochori by Kolkata music artist Soumita Saha
aaye tobey sahochori by Kolkata music artist Soumita Saha is an Indo-French collaboration on the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore’s birthday. Whenever we think of art, music, poetry, literature and especially versatility in India, the first name that pops into all our heads is that of Rabindranath Tagore. He was the first non-European to win a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913 for his collection of poetry titled Gitanjali, originally written in Bengali and then translated into English. It is quite interesting that not only in India but also in the world; Even today, Tagore is one of those important names that come back to the minds of many people. An Indo-French collaboration between Indian singer Soumita Saha and French musician Greg Sauzet is one of the brightest examples.
Before Tagore’s fame spread around the world in 1913, Tagore’s talent had already attracted the attention of figures such as the famous traveler Alexandra David Neel and the poet Saint John Terse, French Ambassador to London.
Tagore’s association with Romain Rolland paved the way for a coordinated and historic awakening and mobilization of the world’s intellectuals. Tagore became a regular visitor to La Maison Autour Monde, the home of famous businessman and patron of the arts, Albert Kahn. In this house are kept the precious archives of the poet and his family.
The first visiting professor invited to Visva Bharati was the French scholar Sylvain Levi, in 1921, whose collaboration gave a boost to Tagore’s initiative to establish a university. His relationship with France also played a central role in the poet’s incarnation as a painter with his very first exhibition at the Galerie Pigalle in 1939. In 2022, Soumita Saha and French musician Greg Sauzet rekindled the French connection of Tagore after collaborating for a music video. on a song by Tagore.
According to the Gregorian calendar, Tagore was born on May 7, 1861 in Kolkata to parents, Debendranath Tagore and Sarada Devi.
According to the Bengali calendar, he was born on the 25th day of the month of Boishakh, in the Bengali era of 1422. However, in West Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore’s birthday is observed according to the local Bengali calendar. The day in Kolkata is popularly known as Poncheeshe Boishakh or Rabindra Jayanti. Tagore is an integral part of the Bengali psyche and is ubiquitous in the artistic and cultural scene of Bengal. And therefore, it would have been really awkward if people had to sing someone else’s creation to celebrate the birthday of the poet, who gave a song for every occasion. His birthday is celebrated throughout the country through cultural events. In the recent era of digitalization of music, one’s birthday is one of the vital occasions to publish the interpretation of one’s songs.
To pay tribute to Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengali polymath, who is said to have single-handedly reshaped Bengali literature and music, Indian singer Soumita Saha and French musician Greg Sauzet have once again collaborated for a music video featuring a song by Tagore sung by Soumita and arranged by Grég. The clip was shot partially in India and partially in France. Two musician buddies living at opposite ends of the globe, came together to rebuild the bridge of another Indo-French collaboration, having held Tagore the pillar strong.
Tagore’s works have inspired countless generations of young artists around the world. Greg Sauzet read Tagore ten years ago in a collection of philosophy that his grandmother gave him. The French musician was really impressed by the accuracy of his words and his thoughts. Greg Sauzet, being a multi-talented musician, is a sitarist with great mastery of Hindustani classical music. He is a disciple of Maestra Joyeeta Sanyal.
Greg says, “I’m very excited about the release of this song. It is an honor to record this song with the great singer Soumita Saha. I’m a big fan of Tagore, it’s amazing to have collaborated with Soumita, it’s quite exciting to collaborate with a great contemporary singer, who is also from the country of Tagore.
Soumita Saha also added, “Last time we celebrated love with a Tagore song. As we know, in the vast collection of Rabindra Sangeet, each emotion will find a song attributed to it. This time Greg himself chose the song, aaye tobey sahochori and this time we pay tribute to Tagore by celebrating friendship. The song will be released digitally by the famous label Melotunes on May 4 this year. The music video will be released on May 7. The song was recorded by Jhantu Jana, the music was rearranged, mixed and mastered by Greg Sauzet. The clip was recorded partly in Kolkata, partly in Pointier, France. Cinematography credit goes to Agniv Chatterjee.