This year, August – the month of mourning began with the release of three different songs on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa and Sheikh Russel, by one of the leading music labels in Bangladesh. In the past, no such initiatives had ever been taken by any privately-owned company.
The song on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has been sang by popular singer Anupama Mukti.
Crown Music began its journey in 2005 with a team of seasoned musicians, while it is headed by internationally known multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist and editor of Blitz, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury. Though most of the people around the world know Mr. Choudhury as a journalist and counter-militancy expert, his presence in the field of music as a lyricist, tuner and composer are mostly unknown.
From the age of four, Mr. Choudhury started learning classical music from Ustad Akhtar Sadmani and continued for consecutive 18 years. Since his student life, he also began writing poems and later lyrics. He was encouraged by his friend Anwar Parvez, a legendary music director to release his songs and according in 2001, his first patriotic song was released by a local music label. He has been an enlisted lyricist with Bangladesh Television for many years by very seldom had sent lyrics to the national broadcast.
Shoaib Choudhury established the first private television channel in Bangladesh named A21 TV, which had brought him to the attention of many music maestros in the sub-continent. Amongst them are Mehdi Hassan, Noor Jahan, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abida Parveen, Nazia Hassan, and many others.
Mr. Choudhury’s lyrics and tune have been appreciated by several prominent music directors in Bangladesh, including Anwar Parvez, Bashir Ahmed, Lucky Akhand, Ahmed Imtiyaz Bulbul, Milton Khandekar, Partha Majumder, SI Tutul and others.
Being a lyricist and tuner, this time Shoaib Choudhury has penned and tuned three songs in the profound memory of Bangabandhu, Bangamata and Sheikh Russel. These songs have already been released in the YouTube channel of Crown Music on the first hour of August 1, 2019.
The song on Bangabandhu titled ‘Ashbeyna Firey Jani’ (Know You Won’t Return) has been composed by Erfan Tipu and Kazi Jamal. In Bangladesh, this is for the first time any song is composed by two music directors. Popular singer Anupama Mukti has sung the song.
Commenting on the song, Mr. Choudhury said, “Those who know me for years are aware, I am not habituated of accepting filthy compositions, which are mostly based on computer and loops. I always insist on my music directors to use acoustic instruments in the music of my songs. Another problem with me is, I greatly dislike those music directors and singers, who deviate the main tune either because of the limitations of their knowledge or ignorance. As the music track on Bangabandhu’s song was ready, I asked the music directors to suggest a singer for it, and I had to erase the voice of eight singers before music director Kazi Jamal and my colleague Rakib Ahmed finally came up with the name of Anupama Mukti. Frankly, as I had never heard her name, so I was a bit confused if she really can pick up the exact tune of this song. My father was a classmate of Bangabandhu and both stayed in the same Baker Hostel. So, I have a very special feeling for the Father of the Nation. This was another reason, which had turned me extremely cautious in finding the ‘Ms. Right’ for this song. As she [Anupama Mukti] came on the recording day and very quickly picked up the tune and delivered the song almost exactly the way I wanted, it was my greatest delight and honor in finding one of the best singers I have met in my life. She truly is a fantastic singer. She understands music and before delivering the song, what I understood, she actually inhales the essence of the tune and lyrics. Such quality is quite rare. I would say, such qualities can only be seen in singers like Lata Mangeskar, Runa Laila, Shreya Ghosh, etc”.
He said, “The way Anupama Mukti has sung the song on Bangabandhu, I believe, it will win the hearts of those genuine lovers of our Father of the Nation”.
Anupama Mukti – A nightingale of Bengal
Until now, Anupama Mukti is most remembered for her superb rendition in 2005 film Hajar Bochor Dhore. She earned prestigious Bachsas Awards and nominated for National Film Awards.
Anupama is a graduate from Home Economics College, Dhaka. She started singing when she was just four. he completed a certificate course in Nazrul Sangeet from BAFA and began special training at the Nazrul Institute in the proper notation of Nazrul songs. She was trained in classical by Sharif Ahmed Rajkumar [now her husband], later she learnt from Mangal Chandra Mandal and Sujit Mustafa.
Anupama started her career in 2003 with the film ‘Andhokare Chita’. She sang a duet with Palash, composed by Shawkat Ali Emon. After that, she was given a chance by veteran actress Suchanda for her directorial debut Hajar Bochor Dhore, a duet song “Tumi Shutoy Bedhecho” with veteran singer Subir Nandi and composed by veteran composer Ahmed Imtiaz Bulbul. The song became a hit. She was awarded Bachsas Award for Best Female Playback Singer as well as nominated for National Awards, ultimately losing it to Sabina Yasmin. She has published three mixed albums: Maa, Pasha, Sundari while Jhinuker Mukto is her only solo album.
Anupama wants to establish herself as a prominent singer in Bangladesh and through some timeless songs. She well deserves to be a popular singer not only in Bangladesh but beyond.