Debojit performs in UK
A stunning confluence of modern and timeless Bollywood numbers mirroring the age-old traditions of Indian music rocked the Nehru Centre in London – the cultural wing of the Indian High Commission – last month. The reason was a stunning recital by Zee SaReGaMaPa 2005 winner Debojit Saha.
Debojit was invited to Nehru Centre to perform as part of ‘Celebrate Assam’ – a month-long festival celebrating Assamese film, music and dance. The chief guests of the evening was Jitendra Kumar, First Secretary of the Indian High Commission – Consular & Community Affairs, Prem Modgill, President Hindu Cultural Saociety UK, Kailash Budhwar, BBC World Service, Usha Raje Saxena, Hindi Poetic Society UK, Khurshid Alam, Chairman, Progressive Muslim Forum UK, Saroj Taneja, Director Asian Art & Culture and Divya Mathur, Vatayan Poetry UK.
An engineer by profession, Debojit started out as a singer in All India Radio and Doordarshan Kendra in Silchar. He created history by winning the Zee SaReGaMaPa challenge in 2005; the first such reality show contest to be won by a youth from Assam. He is married to Bandana Paul, who is a fashion designer by profession. A disciple of Pt Askaran Sharma, Debojit is now based in Mumbai. He released his first solo album after he reached the first runners-up position in the music contest, Ghazal-e-sara.
With his disarming smile, Debojit says that his music takes him closer to divinity and accords to him peace and tranquillity. “It is an invigorating experience which exalts my spirits,” he says. Besides singing for Assamese and Bangla films, Debojit also anchors a Bangla music reality show.
Thanks to the Nehru Centre, the recent UK tour proved to be a good opportunity for Debojit to showcase himself in front of the European crowd. His entire performance was covered by Zee TV UK and MATV UK. Radio 92FM had also arranged an interaction with Debojit, while senior journalist with BBC Manoshi Barua had also interviewed him.
The cultural evening at the Nehru Centre began with Debojit singing a patriotic number, “Aye mere pyare Watan.” The number which brought the audience to tears was soon followed by “Jibone morone Moi Sirodin Asomiya”. He also performed Bihu besides some popular numbers of Bollywood.
Talking about the UK show, Rini Kakoti said, “With his flawless performance, Debojit Saha proved why he is an inspiration for the youth and the upcoming artistes of the region.”