Book tribute to noted folk singer Kalika Prasad
Kalika Prasad Bhattacharya was a gifted Indian folk singer and researcher whose life was recently cut short by a freak road accident. To pay tribute to this talented musician on his birth anniversary, Dey's Publishing is coming up with a book on Kalika Prasad, to be released on Setember 12.
Kalika was born and raised in Silchar, Assam. In 1999, he co-founded the band 'Dohar' to revive the folk music tradition of Northern and Eastern Bengal. He also contributed music to a number of movies. His last movie was Bhuban Majhi (2017). He was associated with the popular Zee Bangla Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, a popular Bengali music reality show. Says Subhankar Dey, proprietor of Dey's Publishing, "Kalika Prasad could get inside the skin of any folk number. His research went beyond the realm of music".
Articles on Kalika will be penned by Sankha Ghosh, Lopamudra Mitra and Shibaji Bandopadhyay. Growing up amidst rhythm and tune, learning to play the tabla happened as naturally as he learned to take his first faltering step. Kalika's fascination with the tabla gradually propelled him towards percussion. While learning to play this, he also trained in vocal music. The book will be edited by Abhik Majumdar and Ritacheta Goswami, his wife. It will be priced at Rs 250.
Bhattacharya formed 'Dohar', a group of folk musicians, in 1999 to make the unnoticed folk songs flowing for time immemorial reach audiences under his creative direction. Dohar's presentation is original. Their performance amazingly merges the urban feelings with their commitment to the roots; research and entertainment, being inseparably entwined.
'Dohar' has already released nine albums of folk songs directed by Kalika from Concord records, Sony music and Sa re ga ma (HMV). Dohar's fourth album – "Bangla" is a collection of Rabindra Sangeet and folk songs. The concept of the album is a dialogue between Rabindra Sangeet and folk music based on its thematic reading.