Date : Sunday
1st October, 2000
Some things are best left to journalists. Well done SauravC. Reading your write-up had the effect of rewind and continuous playback of the day of the Calcutta Coup. Your description leaves very little for me to say, so instead of writing my own account of the day, I will just add something here and there to your write-up and hope it serves some purpose. scroll down and read between the lines....
From: Saurav Chakrabarti <firstname.lastname@example.org>
11 a.m. my dear SauravC.
Well, not just RDB's compostions. Dixit has so far answered all my queries about pre-RDB era with great confidence, authority and accuracy.
Yes, I made out his passion for RDB the first time he came to see me. He was quite thrilled to bits that there were people with the same degree of lunacy all over the world.
Yes, Tublu, my nephew, was shaping up extremely well as a performer of Classical music - the pressures of his profession has put a hold on his music for the last couple of years. It is very difficult to catch him on any day except rare Friday evenings. God knows how many conferences with seniors he wriggled out of to spend an entire day with us for RDB.
Sushmita's mother is a fully trained Classical vocalist, at one time vying with Kishori Amonkar for center-stage. She has trained Sushmita well, and Sushmita sings Rabindrasangeet and Nazrulgeeti. Her training stands her in good stead to sing the compositions of RDB. Probably her voice was less audible because there was only one mic - but she is fantastic as well. My cousin Bappa's messing up of the words make me wonder if it is a family trait. He's of course confused Jago Sonewalo from Bhoot Bangla into Bhaago Bhoot Aaya :-))).
Souvik visited me in the 2nd week of September. He saw Nerurkar's book for the first time then. Copied down the details of the Oriya numbers and promised to get it when he came for the Coup, just two weeks away. I didn't think he'd be able to manage it. Next time I'll believe anything which emerges out the jungles - Tarzan, Veerappan, whoever, whatever. I can't even imagine how he managed it, but he did. Thanks a million for the wonderful gift, Sovik.
I think SauravC got his energy after SouravM defaulted. He's underplayed his own contribution here, but he led the way here. This is the happiest I've ever seen anyone be after losing his crown.
Yes : SauravC sang Bade Acche Lagte Hai for Badalbabu & Co. to great appreciation. Prompted Mrs. Badal (Mili Boudi) to volunteer to sing. She sang Monay Pawray Ruby Ray. To wriggle out of a singing situation, I had to play something for them on my keyboards. This is the closest I've come to actually playing for RDB. It was an emotional moment to play something for the people RD loved - and, I hessitate to mention, wasn't let down by.
Doel had on a previous occasion mentioned her surprise at so much passion for her Rahulkaka's music. He had told them that his work will get appreciated and recognised when he's no more.
Knowing SauravC as well I do, it's probably only a matter of time before SouravM is made to feel insecure from known quarters.
Thanks SauravC for your invaluable role as the human Fevicol™ in masterminding the coup. And for this write-up.
Thanks to all once again for making it happen.
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