A special garland of songs penned by Bokulbon Kabi Ananda Chandra Barua has been uploaded on YouTube on his death anniversary on Sunday.
Barua, a resident of Jorhat, was renowned for his simple pastoral poems which resonated with images of nature and humanity.
Fans of the poet, lyricist, writer and actor will get to hear 10 of his songs sung by Bhupen Hazarika, Khagen Mahanta, Subhra Baruah, Shanta Uzir, Loknath Goswami, Pulak Banerjee, Malabika Bora and Birendra Nath Dutta.
Renowned singer and daughter-in-law of Ananda Chandra Baruah said that all the 35 lyrics which had been transformed into songs would be uploaded in batches.
The tune, arrangement and music to these songs have been given by Pranabi Ram Baruah, Darpan Nath Sharma, Jeetu Tapan, Hiren Gohain, Nanda Banerjee, Dipak Gogoi and Mridul Bhuyan and Pradyut Hazarika.
Baruah said that this was a tribute to the poet on his death anniversary and that the initiative to immortalize the bard’s songs so that they remain available to all the generations was taken by video director Samujal Kashyap and sound designer Jatin (Maina) Sarmah of Mumbai.
“Gautam Majumdar was responsible for making of the lyrical video which is uploaded,” Baruah said.
Translation of the content into English has been done by Utpala Goswami.
Ananda Chandra Baruah, a Padma Shri and Sahitya Akademi awardee had composed 300 odd poems and lyrics which were unearthed and compiled by Subhra Baruah in a book edited by former Asam Sahitya Sabha president Nagen Saikia .
“By and by we will try to translate all his poems into songs,” Baruah said.
Swarup Sharma, a fan of the Bokulbon Kabi on hearing the snippets of the songs which were first released said that the clarity of the songs which had been recorded in the seventies and eighties is astonishing.