On the occasion of Friendship Day, Kolkata’s Singing Sensation Soumita Saha has come up with a new song titled “Aay tobe Shohochori”. The song was written by Rabindranath Tagore in the year 1879 and is based on raaga chhayanot. The song has been released under the banner of “Best Of City of Joy”. The musical arrangement for the song has been created by Tom Bailey while the vocal has been recorded and mixed by Rana Monal at studio RJ.
Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore’s vision of Friendship was totally different. When the British partitioned Bengal in , Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore arranged for a ceremony to celebrate ‘Rakhi Bandhan’ to strengthen the bond of Friendship, love and togetherness between the Hindus and the Muslims of Bengal and together fight against the British empire. According to him, Rakhi was not only a festival of the siblings but it’s a celebration of mankind and of humanity. He believed that it is the responsibility of all the members of the society to help and protect each other and encourage a harmonious social life.
Soumita says, “Tagore’s vision of Friendship has inspired me a lot. Having traveled across the country, I have often seen people celebrating many festivals or events after getting inspired from movies. This shapes the trend, but doesn’t hinge the bond. Being a ‘Tagorean’, I would say that Gurudev has indeed celebrated the bond of friendship much before the advent of this trend”. When asked why she chose only this song for Friendship Day, Soumita says, “This is song praises the essense of Friendship musically. The lyrics go like Come darling, we hold hands. Round and round we dance, singing merrily. Bring out the lute, Pitch it to the highest. The use of words ‘Lute’ and ‘High Pitch’ here describes how we can praise the Friendship through music”.