Ace singer enthralls the audience with her mellifluous voice
From singing heart rendering Tagore songs to some timeless 'Puratani' (Old Melodies), Riddhi Bandopadhyay has created a niche for herself in the music arena. To celebrate her two-decade-long journey, "Pancho Kobir Konya", the solo musical evening by Riddhi Bandopadhyay was organized at ICCR where she sang some of the everlasting compositions. The event was graced by Soumitra Chattopadhyay, Nabaneeta Dev Sen, Goutam Ghosh and Kamaleshwar Mukhopadhyay amongst others.
Riddhi Bandopadhyay, a distinguished name in International music territory, had the privilege to learn music from the stalwarts like Chandi Das Mal, Manju Gupta, Krishna Chattopadhyay, Soilen Das, etc. This show was specially arranged for her audience in Kolkata.
The solo musical performance for the evening was divided into two parts – First half was focused on "Pancho Kobir Gaan", the section that emphasized on different mellifluous compositions by Rabindranath Tagore, Atulprasad Sen, Dwijendralal Roy, Rajanikanta Sen and Nazrul Islam.
The second part of the program was rather interesting, as in this particular segment, the emphasis was given on yesteryear female songstresses from Red-Light areas such as Kanan Devi, Angur Bala, Indu Devi, Tinkori, who became a prominent face later in the primitive stages of Bengali cinema.
"Reaching this stage of life was never easy for me. In the past twenty years, I had to overcome many hurdles. I am thoroughly indebted to my family and gurus, without their support this would have been never possible for me. I always tried to stay true to my style of singing, never thought of copying others. I have worked with kids from the red-light areas, taught them the joy of music. After twenty years of struggle, passion towards singing and zeal for regular improvement, I can say that I am content. I believe the coming days will be more challenging for me and I will be able to entertain the audience in the best possible way through my work," said Bandopadhyay.