Music is an integral part of Bengali culture. Almost every Bengali girl in Kolkata learns singing. The older generations (and all the Non-Bengali persons I have come across and who were familiar about Bengali culture) actually expect every Bong girl to know how to sing “Robindro Songeet” but all of us DON’T know!! And then we are looked down upon for being “Probashi” (Out of state residents) and for being contrary to Bengali culture. Anyway that is another long story. Let me quote Wikipedia to explain what is Robindra Songeet.
Rabindra Sangeet also known as Tagore Songs in English, is a form of music composed by Rabindranath Tagore who added a new dimension to the musical concept of India in general and Bengal in specific. The Rabindrasangeet, which deal with varied themes are immensely popular and form a foundation for the Bengali ethos that is comparable to, perhaps even greater than, that which Shakespeare has on the English-speaking world. It is said that his songs are the outcome of 500 years of literary & cultural churning that the Bengali community has gone through.
Rest of the entry can be found here.
So I was tagged by Nimmy, Harsha and Destination Infinity to list slow melodious and soulful songs in Bengali and Hindi. When cable TV had not taken over our entertainment time and options, my parents used to listen to Bengali songs on the cassette player. I only liked a few out of those just based on the way they sounded. My knowledge in Rabindra Sangeet, other forms of Bengali music and songs is negligible so I may not be able to answer your queries in comments. Here are my favorite Bengali melodious and soulful songs.
# Maya Bono Biharini
# Aamar Raat Pohalo
# Ami Chini Go Chine Tomare (Rabindra Sangeet)
# Jibon Khatar Proti Patay (My Dad keeps humming this a lot)
# Purano Sei Diner Kotha (Rabindra Sangeet)
Now for the Hindi melodious and soulful songs. Just click the name to see the linked video.
# Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh (subtitled)
Edited to add :-I tag these people to list such slow, melodious and soulful songs in two languages out of which they can choose the second one.
# Deep (Bengali and …..)
# Poonam (Hindi and ….)
# MoR (Italian and …..)
# Dinesh (Tamil and ….)
# Vee (Kannada and …..)
# Xylene (Malayali and …)
# Suda (Marathi and ….)
# Soham (Gujrati and ….)
Last week’s Best Post award goes to my blog namesake’s author What’sinaname i.e. WIAN of My Random Thoughts for her post I for Inkpot