Friday, May 8, 2009

Robin Chatterji and Sandhya Mukherjee

Robin Chatterji and Sandhya Mukherjee.

Robin Chatterji was the uncrowned king of bengali cinema during the golden age in the world of music direction. The entire industry dependant on Robin Chatterji and whatever work he had produced can be very well be designated as masterpieces. He contributed the most in Suchitra Sen’s films and for those reasons Sandhya Mukherjee, whose voice suited Suchitra Sen the most, sang majority of songs composed by the legendary composer.

In Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen’s film Sagarika, Sandhya Mukherjee’s song “sei to amar prothomo phaguna bela” composed by Robin Chatterji mesmerized the audience along with Alpona Banerjee’s “hridoy amar sundoro tobo paye” picturised on Jamuna Sinha and Shyamal Mitra’s “amar sapne dekha rakonya” picturised on Uttam Kumar. The film stormed Bengali cinema as the audience accepted Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen as the greatest romantic pair to be ever born in this country.

Robin Chatterji’s composition for Sandhya Mukherjee titled “dheere bondhu dheere” in the film Pathe Holo Deri had the romantic element embedded in them. Similarly in the film Pathe Holo Deri, all the compositions of Robin Chatterji for Sandhya Mukherjee including “e sudhu ganer din”, “e chaya bhora logone aaj”, “tumi na hoy rohite kache”, etc., presented the romantic presentation of Bengali modern songs for the first time.

The same combination had provided brilliant songs like “monero madhuri mishaye” in Suchitra Sen’s film Shriti Tuku Thak, “ami sapne tomay dekhechi” in Suchitra Sen’s film Bipasha, “ghum ghum chand” in Suchitra Sen’s film Sabar Upore, to name a few. Robin Chatterji provided brilliant tunes to Sandhya Mukherjee in also films like Nayikar Bhumikay, including devotional songs like “notun surjo alo dao, alo dao”.

Robin Chatterji exploited the classical skills of Sandhya Mukherjee, as she was the student of Ustad Bare Ghulam Ali Khan, in the film Uttar Falguni. Suchitra Sen played the role of the singer Panna Bai in the film who sacrificed her entire life to make her daughter a barrister. The film had classical songs and Sandhay Mukherjee’s classical andaz created separate dimension for the viewers. In the hindi remake of the same film titled Mamta, composer Roshan had to match the classical compositions of Robin Chatterji, as the Bengali film won international awards for best performance and other technical awards.

Besides Sandhya Mukherjee had many basic discs of Bengali modern songs like “amare loye je”, “ei nodi tire”, etc., composed by Robin Chatterji, which had the same romantic appeal and brilliant use of the piano which was used with elegance by Robin Chatterji, all along his career.

Probably Suchitra Sen could never had become mahanayika (megaactress), had she not got the compositions of Robin Chatterji and songs of Sandhya Mukherjee, as they contributed even in actress-oriented films like Grihadaha, Kamallata, where Suchitra Sen played character roles. The films having compositions of Robin Chatterji and songs of Sandhya Mukherjee should be preserved and restored for their musical value.

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