Jonakore rati
Sanskrit music exponent Ranjan Bezboruah (centre) with singer Dipshikha Sharma

Renowned exponent of Sanskrit music, Ranjan Bezboruah has this time taken the Assamese classic  ‘Jonakore Rati’ and transposed it onto the country’s centre stage in the classical language.

The popular song ‘Jonakore Rati’ is the first Assamese song sung by India’s nightingale, Lata Mangeshkar in Assamese legendary singer Bhupen Hazarika‘s Assamese movie, ‘Era Bator Sur’.

This was the first Assamese film to be directed by Hazarika.

Bezboruah, a national award winner translated the song into Sanskrit that has been sung by upcoming artiste Dipshikha Sharma for the Sanskrit ‘Vartavalli’ programme to be aired on DD News at 6.30 pm on April 3.

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“The immortal Assamese song ‘Jonakore  Rati’ was composed and set to tune by Bhupen Hazarika for his first Assamese film “Era Bator Sur” and was sung by Lata Mangeshkar, “Bezboruah said.

The Sanskrit scholar has sung about a hundred songs in Sanskrit, most of them translations of popular Assamese, Bengali or Hindi folk, patriotic or nationalistic songs.

About the original version ‘Jonakore Rati’, Bezboruah further said that it was paean of motherland Assam.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com