Politics in West Bengal is in full swing in the run-up to the Assembly polls, and three generations of young and old intellectuals of Bengal have appeared in this heated atmosphere with songs of unity.
In this six minute video, three generations of artists are capturing lenses in one frame. This song is written by Anibarna Bhattacharya. Anirban wrote this song while walking in a procession starting from Ramlila Maidan in 2019.
Riddhi Sen and Ritubrata Mukherjee were with him. There were plans to make a video from that time, finally this mass music appeared before the Ekushey vote. Subhdeep Guha composed the melody.
The video features Kaushik Sen, Reshmi Sen, Riddhi Sen, Anirban Bhattacharya Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Surangana Bandyopadhyay, Shantilal Mukherjee, Anupam Roy, Rupankar Bagchi, Anindya Chattopadhyay, Chandan Sen, Rahul Chattopadhyay, Deblina Dopadhyay.
The song has been released on Citizens United’s YouTube platform. The number of views is around 2,64,705 views.
Actress-musician Surangana Bandyopadhyay said about this combination of young and old artists, ‘Basically age is not important, like-minded people have come together to make a statement, it is more important. We are really lucky that they all agreed, realizing that it is important to get this message out to the people right now.”
India is a country of pluralism, a country of interfaith harmony. The country of ‘different races, different languages, different clothes’. In every line of the song, in every frame of the video is the message ‘Let fascism perish’.
“Our India is a country of diversity and love, that of unity. If hate and lies are cultivated then we must speak out,” the song begins with these words.
“Our Bengal stands for cordial relations, peace and multiplicity of ideas. If anyone comes here to create division among people then as Bengalis, as Indians we must stand up. We shall look hate into the eye and speak out this country is not yours, this country is for love. This country is India,” one of the lines says
The song also leans on headlines of growing unemployment, rising fuel prices, India trailing Pakistan in the Global Hunger Index to hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration as well as features protests against the centre’s new citizenship law, the National Register of Citizens and the farm laws.The famous ‘Chinese Kali Mandir’ in Kolkata’s Tangra area, the street-side Haleem vendors in front of the city’s majestic Nakhoda Masjid are among the Easter eggs in the music video that highlight Bengal’s rich history of tolerance and pluralism