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How Marathi-speaking Lata Mangeshkar's Bengali music left a Kolkata boy transfixed
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How Marathi-speaking Lata Mangeshkar's Bengali music left a Kolkata boy transfixed

When you listen to Lata Mangeshkar's Bengali songs, it is hard to tell that the singer is a native Marathi speaker. Her pronunciation is exact. Each word properly rendered. Other than Hindi and Marathi, some of her most important songs were sung in Bangla.

How the Bangla rock movement evolved to become a self sustaining industry, thriving on talent, experimentation
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How the Bangla rock movement evolved to become a self sustaining industry, thriving on talent, experimentation

In the early 2000s, Bangla band music grew and spread at an extraordinary pace and replaced film music as the most popular form of musical entertainment. The youth, especially, were totally captivated by it.

From underground to mainstream: How the Bangla rock movement attained validation on home turf
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From underground to mainstream: How the Bangla rock movement attained validation on home turf

The bands simultaneously rebelled against the established system and painted honest pictures of a changing urban society.

How Bengal woke up to 'band' culture in the 1970s, paving the way for a bona fide rock movement in Bangla
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How Bengal woke up to 'band' culture in the 1970s, paving the way for a bona fide rock movement in Bangla

The 'movement' was fuelled by the love for one's native language, identity, acknowledgment of one's sociopolitical struggles, while experimenting with modern idioms of music.

Evolution of Bangla rock music: How the underground cultural movement changed Bengal's musical landscape
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Evolution of Bangla rock music: How the underground cultural movement changed Bengal's musical landscape

Despite their constantly evolving sound that does not shy away from experimenting, Bangla rock music has been suffering on account of a severe lack of funds, and an audience overtly exposed to film music on television and FM radio.

Remembering Moheener Ghoraguli, India's first rock band from Kolkata whose legacy thrives in resistance
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Remembering Moheener Ghoraguli, India's first rock band from Kolkata whose legacy thrives in resistance

Forty-five years since their formation, Moheener Ghoraguli — who likened themselves to a "movement" — continue to find resonance in the sound and art of budding artists not just in Bengal, but across India, with their songs being widely reprised and recreated.