GUWAHATI, Nov 25 � An interactive evening with noted educationist, folklorist and singer Dr Birendra Nath Datta not only took the audience down memory lane, but also conjured up nostalgic images for the multifaceted personality himself.
Organized by �Jyotirupa�, the programme named as �O Meli Dilu Mon Dingare Pal� today at Lakhiram Baruah Sadan here, provided the audience some glimpses into the musical journey undertaken by Dr Datta in the last few decades.
Interspersed with songs, dance and moments of recollection, the evening witnessed the presence of many prominent names from the cultural world, including Pulak Banerjee, Jina Rajkumari, Mitali Dey and others who rendered some of the selected songs of Dr Datta.
�Every song has a story behind it. Some of the songs that I have sung hold precious memories which I still cherish,� said Dr Datta while recollecting the experiences that he had gathered in his journey that took him to every nook and corner of the State hunting for the rich musical
The evening kicked off with the rendition of the widely popular O Meli Dilu Mon Dingare Pal by Pulak Banerjee.
Making his observation, playwright Arun Sarma said that no other singer can recreate the charm and the profoundness of Dr Datta, who stands out on account of his distinctive style, composition and voice.
�With his distinctive style, Dr Datta has enriched the music of the State and since his songs are good verse penned by great writers, they are evergreen,� said Sarma, adding that Dr Datta�s songs are a fusion of music and poetry.
As famed and upcoming artistes, one by one, went on rendering the songs that carried the fragrance of local culture and way of living, the evening emerged as another memorable day in the lives of the audience present. As Jina Rajkumari concluded singing the hit Bogoli Boga Phut Di Ja, Dr Datta revealed to the audience that this song was his marriage gift from Navakanta Baruah. �This song has a special place in my life. I also indulged in some experimentation by including folk music,� said Dr Datta expressing that it gave him immense satisfaction while stumbling upon different types of folk music lying scattered in the State.
Earlier, on behalf of Jyotirupa, editor of The Assam Tribune and president of Jyotirupa, PG Baruah, extended a traditional felicitation to Dr Datta.