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29 July, 2019 12:44:39 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 29 July, 2019 12:48:31 PM
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Tale of a soul devoted to music

Nazir Hossain, back from Khulna
Tale of a soul devoted to music
Gurupada Gupta

The song titled ‘o manush... manush, dudo kaan aar dudo chookh’, which is making waves on social media, is sung in the local dialect of the Khulna region. It is receiving huge plaudits for its lyrics and singing style.  The Independent wanted to find out the singer of the song for its readers, and discovered him in the south-western district of Khulna. The daily also filmed the song in full, which happened for the very first time, according to the singer. He is Gurupada Gupta, a solitary lyricist, composer and singer from Narail district.

Gupta has about 600 songs to his credit. He has written and tuned over 50 per cent of them in the local dialect. Some of his most popular songs are ‘boyos amar beshi na ore tuktukir ma’, ‘eto galpo na eito sedin swarge gelam’, ‘amago noyoner ma chakri ore dhaha shohore’, ‘dholadare dehaye kalada dechhe maiya’ are ‘aj kalker polapan bapre koy hukka aan’, among others. Many of his songs are being aired regularly on Khulna Radio.

 

A resident of Daspara in Khulna city, Gupta has been serving in Khulna Betar (Khulna Radio) as a staff artist, ‘dotara’ player and singer since 1990. He was born in 1968 at Ram Nagar Char village in Narail district. His father, Amrita Lal Gupta, was also a singer from whom he received his first musical lessons.

During his days in the village, Gupta used to sing different genres of songs such as Oshtak, Royani, Gombhira and Gazir Gaan, among others. Eventually, he started writing songs in the local dialect of Khulna and emerged as a singer with his own compositions.

In an exclusive interview with The Independent at his residence in Khulna on Friday, Gupta shared the stories of his life and work.

When asked why he writes songs mostly in the local dialect of Khulna, Gupta replied: “My songs want to portray the life of the people of my own region. They tell the stories of laughter, tears, reunion, separation, love affairs, dreams, desire, and art and culture of locals.”

Asked what he has achieved in his life

entirely devoted to music, Gupta said: “I have never stopped writing songs. I continued writing and singing amid my sorrow, financial hardships and various crises of life. I have neither received any national award nor any got a call from any TV channel to perform. Actually, I am a solitary man who has avoided publicity throughout his life.  I manage to live a very simple life with whatever I earn from my job in the radio station.”

Many of his contemporary artistes and cultural personalities from Khulna think that Gupta’s talent has not been assessed properly. Though people across the country listen to his songs, he is still unknown to most of the listeners.

IK

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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