Trinamool’s Leftist man croons for Mamata

Several years ago he had a brief rendezvous with Noam Chomsky after which he started introducing himself as a Marxist.

Written by Mohana Dam | Kolkata | Published:March 14, 2009 2:56 am

Several years ago he had a brief rendezvous with Noam Chomsky after which he started introducing himself as a Marxist. In 2009,sixty-year-old singer Kabir Suman will be asking people to get rid of the CPM as he hits the campaign trail of Trinamool Congress.

Though he is a Trinamool’s candidate for Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat,Suman claims that he still remains profoundly influenced by Marx.

He also has his own unique theory on who are Leftists. According to him,Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool is more Leftist than the CPM. Interestingly,he terms the CPM as ‘pro-Rightist’.

“I have participated in protest movements,written songs whenever there has been injustice. Since I never bowed down to CPM,I was cornered. I got least number of shows in CPM’s Bengal. But I am still influenced by Marx and the CPM is not Marxist. Mamata Banerjee,who represents the will of the poor,is the true Leftist,” says Suman.

“CPM with their policies of land grabbing,shopping malls,real estate boom has insulted the red flag in the worst possible way. I was a political man but not a man of politics,” he adds.

Born in a family of singers,Suman,at the tender age of 17,qualified to sing Rabindra sangeet in radio programmes.

In 1972,he cut his own music record with ‘adhunik’ Bengali songs. However,his real journey began with his visit to France at the age of 24 when in the company of his transnational musician friends he ultimately heard Bob Dylan’s songs that inspired him to pen down lyrics.

“I have been to the US,Germany,France,Nicaragua and met the likes of Chomsky,Pete Seeger,Amiri Baraka. I have seen the revolution in Nicaragua. I have seen homeless thousands joining hands together,” he says and quickly return to present Bengal.

“However,the atrocities committed in Nandigram are shameful. I met Mamata Banerjee for the first time when she was on the dharna manch and immediately knew I had to support her,” he adds.

He says that Trinamool is a “movement” and the coming elections is a “just war”.

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