Anjana Dey Presents the Songs of Tagore
- Artist: Anjana Dey
- Format: CD
- Release Date:7/11/2006
This CD is Volume I ( "Anjana Dey presents more songs of Tagore Volume II" was released in March 2008 is also available in CD Baby and i tune. All of the twelve songs in Volume II, vocalized by Anjana Dey were taught by Subinoy Roy when she was his student. Music arrangements and CD production are by Brent Moyer, Nashville. To look for the Vol II, check for Editor's Pick, or new.) All twelve songs in this album (Volume I) have been chosen by Anjana. One of the songs 'Amar na bala bani ', from Anjana's Songs of Tagore CD was featured by Prof. Amartya Sen, the Nobel Laureate, in his 2006 December NPR 'Profiles' interview. About Tagore Rabindranath Tagore was a world renowned scholar, poet, writer and a philosopher. He championed Indian culture and philosophy throughout the world. His scholarship embraced a wide realm of arts, including composing poems and, writing novels, short stories, dramas, essays as well as painting. Tagore's songs, known as Rabindrasangeet, have made everlasting impression in the hearts and minds of Indians, and in countless others throughout the globe. He was a great humanitarian and a social reformer. Tagore was born in Calcutta, India, on May 7, 1861. In 1909, he began composing Gitanjali (offering of songs) for which he was awarded Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. 1n 1921, Tagore founded Viswabharati University in Shantiniketan, Bengal, India and donated his money from Nobel Prize and royalties from his books to Viswabharati. Tagore passed away on August 7, 1941. About Anjana Dey My family is from Shantiniketan, India and I grew up with Tagore's rich music blended with poems and lyrics. I studied and practiced Tagore's music all my life. I vocalized the songs of Tagore. CD produced by Brent Moyer, Nashville. The 12 songs that I vocalized were composed by Tagore in Bengali, but the CD contains a booklet with translations of all twelve songs in English. It also contains prints of paintings of famous artists from India and never been published before. Because of my passion in Tagore's music and love for children, the proceeds from the sale of CDs are being donated to the Children's Cancer Research Funds at Vanderbilt University; $1,476 was donated in 2005. Paintings The cover of the CD depicts a painting by the renowned artist Nandalal Bose. This was a gift to his Grandson's (Suprabuddha Sen, Santiniketan) at a special ceremony at the age of 6 months. The inside of the cover portraying a fisherman is also by Bose and was a gift to his Grandson at his wedding. The childrens portrait was drawn by him for a food stall on the occasion of a children's festival. The sketches are the creation of Jamuna Sen. Mentors Anjana's training in music began in her early childhood attending Gitabitan, a well reputed music school in Calcutta. After receiving her diploma, Gita Sen nurtured Anjana under her tutelage and recommended her to start advanced training under the guidance of Sailaranjan Mazumder, a well respected leader in Tagore's music. Later she came across Subinoy Roy, another authority in Tagore's music, who invited her to be his student for solo training. In her CD, Anjana vocalizes some of the songs Subinoy Roy taught her so passionately. She is currently taking her voice coaching from Dave Isaacs, trained in classical music from Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He is also a successful singer, songwriter and a recording artist.