His powerful baritone is recognisable anywhere. Now Amitabh Bachchan has taken up the responsibility of popularising Rabindrasangeet outside Bengal with the power of his vocal chords.
The megastar has lent his voice for narration in a Hindi Rabindrasangeet album called Mere Man Mein Dhadkan Mein (Rabindra Shraddhanjali) sung by Indrajit Dasgupta, a senior customs official based in Mumbai.
The 10-song album was earlier in the news for its lyrics, which have been penned by Javed Akhtar, Rajesh Johri and Shaheen Iqbal. Music director Tabun Sutradar, who is also producing the album (under Sky Music Private Limited label), is the composer. The narration part has been penned by Johri.The album will be launched sometime in February, informs Sutradhar.
"I have known him for years and thought that he was the best person to promote Tagore’s songs and he was game," says Dasgupta, who is also a B-High grade artist from All India Radio. It’s an experiment of a sort and you need a big name to give it a push
Apart from the introduction Bachchan has lent his voice to all the songs in a narrative form. The recording was done at Sound City Studios in Mumbai on December 13.
"Rabindranath Tagore needs no introduction. The poet, through his countless works, has endeavoured to bring out the culture, tradition and spirit of the Indian people. He had cut across narrow boundaries and created a familiar setting in which distant people from different backgrounds and different territorial locations could find a common platform and common identity," says Bachchan on Tagore.
Bachchan’s voice has only been used for the audio and he won’t be part of any music video.
The numbers whose translated forms have been used in the album are Amar paran, Diner sheshe, Ami chini go, O amar desher maati, Tora je ja bolish bhai, Momo chitte among others.