pic courtesy Proshanto Mahato
(the birthday boy with the special lady and all the amazing TARB people celebrating together)
Birthday it is !!!!!!!!
And as yet another year of
experiencing the magic goes by, here is a re-cap of why exactly it is
that we all are absolutely crazy about his music....and him of
course.....!!! And the 34 reasons (of course there are manyyyyyy more!!!) you have to truly madly deeply fall in love with and become a jabbar fan of this man...... darlings and all darlings...let's shout out a HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYYAAYYYY!!
i, for one, have never heard a voice like this ever
the first movie that brought Anupam Roy and his music to the people
has bagged a record number of awards...and the awards for the best lyric
and music direction and song and vocals were bagged by none other than
your favourite.....(cannot thank Srijit Mukherjee enough for having given
us this blessing!)
There you have it you lucky Kolkata people..... It's just about Valentine's Day, and who better to serenade you than the one and only, yes you got it... Anupam Roy (marital status very much happily withstanding) and his wonderful band of boys!
So whether you're happily in love, or happily single (yes, that's a great phase too), or sadly single (sympathies and hugs!) .... make sure you're there there there to cheer them out loud and sing along and shout along and dance along and keep smiling and feeling happy through the show and after.... You know when it comes to The Anupam Roy Band you really do not need any other reason to be happy!!
Venue: Calcutta University College Street Campus Date: 12th Feb 2016 Time: 5 pm onwards
If you have seen the trailers, you already know this is one of those shows you absolutely cannot miss... And the best part is, for this one, you don't even need to be in Kolkata to catch the boys and men who make such music magic all the time !!!!
Anupam Roy and all the lovely boys from the Anupam Roy Band, including Nobby Nabarun Bose, Parial Sandipan Parial, Rishabh Ray and Rono Kaustav Biswas are going to be there, and its going to be a performance you just cannot not watch and absorb and feel and enjoy.
Also, the 11th of October has been declared as the International Day of the Girl Child and once you listen to the lyrics that the lovely Sharmilee Supriyo (Babul Supriyo's daughter) sings with her father, you will be left teary eyed and smiling at the same time at the words, the fresh and positive feel of the music and the beautiful camaraderie that the father daughter duo share on the stage.
All you lucky Singaporeans.....guess what...... The ever soulful Anupam Roy is going to send you in a tizzy along with his amazing band, with Nabarun Bose (nobby), Sandipan Parial (parial), Rishabh Ray and Kaustav Biswas (rono) on stage and Shomi Chatterjee (bhaida) and Rana Singharoy (rana) off the stage. Tickets are going off fast fast fast, so make sure you book your seats right away.....and remember, as goes with all Anupam Roy concerts, the more the merrier, so make sure you get your friends along too!
If youliked Bezubaan from Piku by Anupam Roy, here are the lyrics.... and did you know the music was originally a rendition in Bengali? Do check out the track at the end of this post....
Kis lamhe ne thaami ungli meri
Phusla ke mujhko le chala
Nange paaon daudi aankhein meri
Khwabon ki saari bastiyan
Har dooriyaan har faasle qareeb hain
Iss umr ki bhi shakhsiyat ajeeb hai
Jheeni jheeni inn saanson se
Pehchaani si awaazon mein
Goonje hai aaj aasmaan
Kaise hum bezubaan
Iss jeene mein kahin hum bhi thhe
Thhe zyada ya zara kam hi thhe
Ruk ke bhi chal pade magar
Raste sab bezubaan
Jeene ki ye kaise aadat lagi
Bematlab ye karze chadh gaye
Haadson se bach ke jaate kahaan
Sab rote hanste seh gaye
Ab ghalatiyan jo maan li toh theek hai
Kamzoriyon ko jo maat di toh theek hai
Jheeni jheeni inn saanson se
Pehchaani si awaazon mein
Goonje hai aaj aasmaan
Kaise hum bezubaan
Listen to the original bengali version Onno Mon by Anupam Roy HERE
Yes, all the songs of Piku are amazing, but as this was the one that was first launched for the audience to hear, here are the lyrics once again....
Dheere chalna hai mushkil to jaldi hi sahi
Aankhon ke kinaaro mein bahaane hi sahi
Hum chale baharon mein
Gungunati raahon mein
Dhadkane bhi tez hain
Ab kya karein
Waqt hai toh jeene de
Dard hai to seene de
Khwahishein anjaan hai
Ab kya karein
Shabdon ke pahaadon pe likhi hai dastaan
Khwabon ke lifaafon mein chhupa hai raasta
While I did hear a lot lot lot about Piku and Anupam Roy on both Mumbai and Delhi FM, I unfortunately did not get a chance to 'listen' to the excitement on Kolkata radio (coz I don't visit there often, simple!). So when I saw this interview (thanks to Anupam and Nabarun for sharing the link!!) I knew I had to share it with all of you who may not have heard or seen it yet...
As the interview is in Bengali, I will share some of the conversation here (I am leaving out the parts that are not about his music or work)...
Okay....so for those of you who do not know, Nobby, or Nabarun Bose, is a huuuuuuuuuge Sherlock fan (and a Superman Fan and a Batman fan and an all those super hero fans that are out there and I still do not know about!!!) so it was obvious that the interview began with a rendition of the classic Sherlock theme as played by Nobby on the keyboards....enjoy it first...
And here's the conversation that follows:
RJ: So tell us about your musical journey all the way back from your first movie Autograph (Bengali) in 2010 till Piku in 2015. Anupam: The journey has been really great. I'm having a lot of fun. And it's actually like 'hum chalein bahaaron mein' and people have loved the songs. The songs have come out one after the other and that's what has given me the encouragement to come out with new songs more and more. It has been great. I'm looking forward to a bigger journey.
From the moment the movie #Piku started there was something that was tugging at our hearts, right? Did you figure out what that was? Did you notice those strings that were pulling at you?
I'm talking about the magic of sarod that blended a sepia toned image of bachpan, our childhood days spent in Delhi's galiyaan and lanes, those times spent with your parents that are taken for granted and later cherished and shed a tear or two for, those lazy afternoons of doing nothing, that longing for the love who isn't around or who doesn't know about it yet, that hug that can block out the entire world and those fallen leaves that caress your steps on those beautiful and snug winter mornings...
It's so much and more.....and all of that is brought back by the sarod theme composed by Anupam Roy that runs through the movie.
So finally last night I managed to get tickets and watch PIKU!!And what an experience obviously it was....
I have been trying to get tickets ever since the advance bookings opened....but my chances were pretty dim, as almost all theaters I tried were sold out....a great thing, but not necessarily for me. I had vowed not to give up and I kept at it each single day...till I got the tickets :)
Once there, I realized we were up against one giant crowd....EVERYONE seemed to be there for Piku...and what a mix...from all sorts of North Indians to Bengalis to Punjabis to Sardars to ladies in burqa and more...they had all come to have a dekho...
Starting today, this is going to be the #PikuWeek on this blog. Why now? Because I did not get the chance to watch this movie yet....even though I have been jumping with excitement muchhhhh before the release. But as is obvious with the love the audience is continuing to show, tickets are alllll sold out and I just couldn't find any! So we begin today.....
For today, I'll tell you my #PikuStory
So I was taking a walk in one of Delhi's lush green streets, with lots of people walking yet no one acknowledging each other. Out of the blue there was this old lady who gave me a smile. Of course I smiled back and one thing let to another and suddenly, while discussing something else, she said 'You must watch Piku.'
Can you imagine the smile I had? I bet you can...I was smiling like an ass like I always do.....gosh!
So very nicely I asked her - why?
The old Punjabi aunty told me that she watched the movie in the first few days of its release. And ever since she has been recommending it to everyone - family, friends and even strangers of all age and tongue!
Oh my oh my oh my .... just HOW jealous I am of you wonderful people living out there in Asansol and Durgapur...... I want to be at BOTH the places...please :(
The Anupam Roy Band is going to fire up the trail loud and live at Asansol and Durgapur this May.... so get yourself free and be there be there be there !!!!! And cheeeeeeerrr !!! And jump !!!!! And of course sing along.....
All of a sudden all my non-Bong friends are talking about the amazingly fresh music that has been introduced in Bollywood recently.The songs have been gaining a lot of love, appreciation and fandom, and of course the name Anupam Roy is getting more and more popular.
But one song that was released along a similar time was a beautiful song called Obhabey Keno from the movie Bela Sheshe. I 'happened' to come across the song by accident, and even as I was trying to understand it more, I realized the emotions right from the start.
There's always a story to all the Anupam Roy songs I listen to and love. Maybe a difficult time in my own life, maybe certain times were I give up and just need that extra something, maybe some love that I need and it ends up coming to me from all the way there - whatever it is, an Anupam Roy song always and always inspires me, making me smile, hope, dream and look forward to things that are to come.
The song Obhabe Keno is extremely powerful in the emotions it evokes and the way it shook me up. I remember I heard it quite late in the night, around 3 am or something, and even though I knew it was late, I ended up getting up and calling a friend.....I was down in the dumps then and I needed someone to talk to.....and the song made me do just that....It tells you that in life, make sure you grab each and every moment, and don't waste any time to tell someone about what you feel, or what you are going through right then - your partner, your friend, your child, your parents, anyone who may have a special mention in your heart......make sure you reach out.
Thank you Anupam once again for making me feel it's just for me - something I needed. Read on.
Those of you who live in Kolkata may have already read the comic strip that Anupam Roy created with the character 'Antony.' I have seen it in snippets, so finally it is great that the entire creation will be published as a full fledged comic book.
If you are in Kolkata, make sure you visit the book launch and get your own copy
Where And When
10th April 2015 Friday 6pm
West Bengal Bengali Academy (Paschim Bongo Bangla Academy)
Yes so finally it's here....the peeping here and there and waiting that everyone's been doing. Some wonderful names associated with the movie but more than that, some amazing names associated with the music...
Check it out...and if the immense love and positivity that's coming in through the comments is anything to go by, it's gonna be one heck of a Bollywood welcome for the man who makes magic through his voice just, only, well, .... all the time :)
This is a teaser that's been released for now.....sucha happy feel song right?
dheere chalna hai mushkil to jaldi hi sahi aankhon ke kinaaro mein bahaarey hi sahi
I'm sharing this pic for this post for a reason .... it was the first time I met Anupam Roy, been quite some years now, and even though a lot from this picture taken then has changed now, the love, the admiration and the magic has remained the same - or maybe grown over the years.
It's not that wishing someone for birthday makes everything special and amazing, but still, it's a way to let that person know that yes, you do appreciate the presence of that person in your life, in whatever way it may be.
Anupam Roy has given me some of the most amazing moments that could possibly be created by music. They have touched me and devoured me and thrown me back in my place and taken me for a ride - and I have never had a chance to complain ... ever....
Every year I give so many reasons to love the Anupam Roy magic....
But this year?
Let me just say I am happy, I know what the man and his music means to me, and even if I don't say it out right now in as many words, my wishes and my love shall always remain.
Language has never been a barrier for good music. When something inspires you enough to smile, forget your worries and be lost to the world, it usually does not have specific words attached to it.
The saying holds true for me each time I listen to an Anupam Roy track. You may or may not know bengali, the main language in which he spins his magic, and even if you do, you may not always understand all of it. But that cannot stop you from enjoying his compositions.
I have been listening to his music for a long long time now, in fact, from the first time his song 'Amake Amar Moto Thaktey Dao' hit the bengali movie industry and raised the bar for everyone else forever. I of course did not know about it as soon as it was released. In fact, I got to hear it from a friend who happened to share the song with me, because he knew it would hit a cord somewhere. My friend thought the atmosphere created through the song, the settings, the scenario and the music, would be a perfect reflection of what I was going through then, and even though I was not sure at first, he made me listen to the track.
What happened after that....everyone knows....kind of.
There has been no looking back since and can never be....I have embraced his songs in a way that has made me give up my listening time for any other song, I rarely listen to other songs now. My friends who knew me from my youngest and young days are surprised at the change. I for one have never in my life heard or known a Bengali song. I know no Rabindra Sangeet, and the 3 or 4 I have heard have been modern variations, which I heard, liked and moved on. Did not stay with me.
I have never ever watched Bengali movies in my life...Ever....And I still barely do. But if it is one that features an Anupam Roy track or music, you bet I will watch it, whether or not the movie is at par with its music or not. I have suffered this movie watching trauma in the past, where I have watched certain Bengali movies only because Anupam Roy was associated with them. There were a couple that were real torture, but I watched, still....
If you have heard his music, Anupam Roy has only sung in Bengali, but a few here and there episodes of Hindi are also there...case in point the song 'Jani Dekha Hobe' with the famous haunting rendition of 'Jo wada kiya wo nibhana parega.' I can never have enough of it. As for his English engagement, listen to the track Second Sex that he released virtually on YouTube. It's outstanding. I have heard a few more English renditions by Anupam Roy that are not really 'released' - mainly on certain interviews and such. You wouldn't know it was him if you didn't see him singing them!
That said, I am not able to understand all his lyrics, and sooo many times I make a complete dumbo of myself when I confidently sing his songs, and am made to realise by other bong speakers that what I am singing makes no sense as they are all wrong words. But hey, do you see the smile on my face as I sing that song? Do you see the way I lose myself and am gone to the world? Do you see the space I enter and how it makes me forget anything that is worrisome, and all it leaves behind for me is happiness and hope and that feeling of love...do you see any of that?
If you do see any of that, you will see that language actually is no barrier...As long as it makes you smile and want to be happy and face the world with a brand new 'you' the language can't really make a difference...
Yes, it's a requisite I would say.....just how many times have you listened to an Anupam Roy song without realizing how long you've been listening?
Ask me and I will say...well...not many times, just about almost every day maybe! Huh!
So picture this....
It's late at night and I wrap up my work. The clock says something around midnight or past. Finally, all work done, I know I will relax now, read a book, listen to some music, watch a video or two....and I end up - well - listening to music, and one particular playlist at that.
Everyone is sleeping, the lights have been switched off and a cool breeze is flowing through the house, bringing in the scent of the sea and the hills.....I go and sit on my balcony, looking out at the few dots of light that are still on and will stay up with me....It's a magical time, especially with the magic in my ears.
And then begins the phase of listening and living the music.....
Singing along to the main vocals.
Singing along to the backup vocals.
Moving my head to the music.
Eyes wide open.
Mind wide open.
And living and living and loving...
And the clock says 3:30 Hello??!! What??!! a.m. !!!!
And I have to wake up in 3 hours' time again to work and carry on with the day...
And this isn't just the one off story, it is an everyday or every alternate day thing!
And you wonder why I'm asking for a warning label....
And let me tell you...warning or no warning...it's an addiction that you just can't get out of!
I chose the
number 10 coz that's a read-able number for you all .... Ask me to continue the
list and it has the potential to cross a few articles in terms of
length.....there are just so many things to choose from that it defeats the
So the idea is that I tell you the first 10 things that come to my mind each
time I listen to an Anupam Roy song....and these are 10 common feelings that
come to my mind almost each time I listen to any of his songs...
1. The first thing that always comes to my mind when I listen to an Anupam
Roy song is night time. Always always I see the settings in night, and me
standing in the frame and darkness spread out with a few city lights popping up
here and there....but its not melancholic or depressing or anything....it's
just night time...and especially coz I'm a lover of the nights...so it's even
more interesting for me....
2. The second thing that always comes to my mind is an upbeat feeling....Of
course with any Anupam
The two bonded over their love for bangla band Chandrabindoo
Social media has stood testimony to several starry breakups and
make-ups in the past. While gossip mills have fed off those part-hasty
part-calculated announcements, who would have thought Tollywood to give a
fitting reply to that! In fact, it came as a huge surprise when Anupam
If you are based in Kolkata you probably hear his charm at least once a day. Each time I am visiting the city I feel his songs seeping out of anything that has to do with music - whether it is the radio, the television or any concert happening in or around the city - this one voice is always there.
If you are not based in Kolkata, like me, and never have lived in the city, you still cannot miss out on this voice if you do happen to know this language. Of course there have been many instances when people do not understand the language and still love his music... Like I said, there is no escaping it.
So what is it that makes it so important for me to watch him in concert? Of course I love listening to his songs and his music, and it has become almost an addiction that is there with me almost all nights. Nights when I can't sleep or won't sleep, nights when I am staring out into the beautiful darkness and the approaching dawn, and times when I am with myself. Those are the times when I always have company in this one voice.
But I need more.
I crave much more than the music that lives in my ears and in my mind and heart.
I want to witness this magic live.
This is what takes me back to his city so many of the times that I do visit.
An Anupam Roy concert isn't just about getting to see the man on stage, in front of you. It's about
So for the past few years or so it's been more like a routine. I can't sleep at night, I lie down and toss and turn and give up. I plug in my work and work and work. I try to sleep again. Get up again. By this time let me tell you, the entire family has been sleeping for a good three four hours at the least.
I give up. I do what I've been thinking of doing but pushing off. I plug in the music and head out for a a walk alone. The night is already all quiet by now and no one notices me. I walk and walk and walk, the music blaring loud in my ear, my head banging on to it, or sometimes shedding a tear. No one to watch you see..