Amitabh Bachchan singing in his trademark baritone the famed Rabindrasangeet ‘Ekla Chalo Re’ for the film ‘Kahaani’ has drawn applause from Tagore exponents who are willing to pardon him for minor glitches of pronunciation.
“He is not a Bengali and so his pronunciation will be different. But he has made an honest effort and given full respect to the song,” said veteran Rabindrasangeet singer Pramita Mallick,who also recorded the same song for an album earlier.
Classical vocalist Indrani Sen,a Bachchan fan,says she has always loved the baritone of the megastar.
“If you talk about pronunciation then even Asha Bhonsle has sung a number of Tagore songs where her accent wasn’t perfect. But they were all hits and so is this song,” said Sen about the song by Big B singing two verses,both in Bengali and Hindi with music by Vishal Shekhar.
Singer-director Debashish Raychaudhuri said,”If you ask me for a critical appraisal then I will say that he could have worked on the pronunciation. But even then his voice has touched my heart.”
Young vocalist Manoj Murali Nair dubbed the 69-year-old actor’s rendition as ‘experimental’.
“The song is experimental and can’t be seen as a proper Tagore song. The song has come out well and in a very trendy way which will help the genre to find new listeners,” he said.
Describing the song as “truly awesome and worthy of all awards,Bachchan had said,”May I just say that singing Rabindrasangeet for the first time was the greatest revelation. The beauty of the language,the lyricism of the tune and its ‘dhun’ (music) are outstanding.”
The song,one of Mahatma Gandhi’s favorites,was penned in 1905 by Tagore.