Radharaman Dutta

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Radharaman Dutta (Bengali: রাধারমণ দত্ত) (1833–1915), also spelt as Radha Raman Dutta, was an influential Sylheti dhamail music composer[1] and lyricist.[2] A prominent Baul (mystic minstrel), Dutta's body of work has led him to be considered "the father of dhamal songs";[3] his music is widely performed by modern Bengali musicians.

Personal life[edit]

Radharaman Dutta was born on May 25 1833 in kayastha family in village of Keshabpur in Jagannathpur Upazila in Sunamganj District , Bangladesh. The youngest son of lyricist Radha Madhab Dutta, Dutta displayed a musical temperament from childhood. The early death of his father led Dutta to seek the approval of religious mentors throughout his life.[3] Dutta's Vaishnavism (worship of Krishna) shaped his musical work and led him to a life of asceticism; he lived for some time in a house that amounted to little more than a seven-square-foot of mud-hut. Dutta was also heavily influenced by the Sufism that infuses Baul culture.[4] Raman died in 1915. He was survived by his only son Bipin Bihari Dutta.

Cultural influence[edit]

Radharaman Datta wrote and composed over 2,000 songs in the Baul tradition[4] and was known in particular for his "Geets" and "Dhamal" songs - compositions to traditional dance forms. He has been cited as the creator of the Dhamail art form.[4] Dutta's compositions are performed today in weddings all over Bangladesh. Many popular Bengali songs of today were written originally by Radha Raman and his songs are sung by modern professional musicians in Bangladesh[5] and in West Bengal, India.

Dutta's most popular song, "Bhromor Koio Giya", was copied by Romanian singer Liviu Mititelu, for which it is called 'Vorbesc Cu tine Nu Ma Auzi'. This cover version was also a copy of the composition by Armeen Musa's first version of the original song.[citation needed]

Tajik singer Noziya Karomatullo (Нозияи Кароматулло) has also covered it in Tajik. The title of her cover version is Kujo Kujo.[citation needed]

Famous songs by RadhaRaman[edit]

  • Bhromor Koio Giya
  • Kare Dhekabo Moner Dhukko
  • Sham Chikon Kalia
  • Bologo Bologo Shoki
  • Moneh nai Moneh nai
  • Jole Jaio na Gho Rai
  • Oh Bashi re
  • Sham Na Ki Cholila
  • Jole Gia Chilam Shoi
  • Ami Robo na Robo na Grihe
  • Kalai Pranti Nilo (Bashiti Bajaiya)
  • Amar Bondhu Doyamoy
  • Jugol Milon Hoilo Go
  • pap ar punno, kori tare manno
  • ketore shikhailo radha namtire

Aamar galar haar khule ne ogo Lalite

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ahmad, Sabrina F. (2006-05-23). "Mystical Sufi music staging a comeback". Star Lifestyle. The Daily Star. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  2. ^ "Folk musical soiree in Barisal". The Daily Star. 2005-07-25. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  3. ^ a b Siddiquee, Iqbal (2008-03-04). "Radha Raman Utshab held in Sylhet". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2009-01-27. 
  4. ^ a b c Mahmud, Jamil (2008-04-03). "Radharaman Utsab '08 at TSC". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  5. ^ Bulbon, Sheikh Arif (2007-06-21). "3rd round of talent hunt for top 10 bauls". The New Nation. Archived from the original on 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2009-01-27.