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Rabindranath Tagore meets Gulzar, AI unites both the poets

Rabindranath Tagore meets Gulzar, AI unites both the poets

| @indiablooms | 16 May 2024, 11:02 pm

Legendary poet-lyricist Gulzar recently engaged in an artistic presentation to have a conversation with world bard Rabindranath Tagore, an initiative executed by the musical duo Sourendra-Soumyajit.

The special video has been released on Sourendra-Soumyajit's official YouTube channel on the occasion of Rabindranath Tagore's birthday.

Speaking about the idea, Sourendra-Soumyajit said, "We always try to enrich the canvas of our imagination. For the past twenty years, we have been working together on music, melodies, and new innovative ideas. We have always preferred to create art on a larger diaspora keeping music as a medium."

"During the lockdown, a call came from an unknown Mumbai number and on the other end was a baritone voice who tracked our work well. Within minutes, the voice was unmistakably of Gulzar saab's. He had collected our phone number from some common friends. The important part was he hung up the phone with an open invitation to create something together. This was followed by some music, and poetry exchange sessions trying to get to know each other.

"Coincidentally, a poem of Rabindranath which he wrote a hundred years ago keeping an unknown, imaginary poet in mind who is reading his poem a hundred years later. This is just an artistic urge to understand his own relevance after a hundred years! We decided that Gurudev should find the answer to this question through Gulzar saab. Accordingly, a new poem was born as a result of a request to Gulzar saab which he recited himself in this video. It is as if a poet of another century is discussing with Gurudeb now. Answering all the questions left by him."

Using AI technology, Rabindranath Tagore recited the poem in his own voice.

"We are happy to publish this video on the birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on our official YouTube channel. I hope this initiative will be appreciated by all admirers of Rabindranath and literature lovers," the duo said.

"Both Sourendra-Soumyajit are very creative. They wanted me to write a reply to Gurudeb's poem 'Aji Hote Shataborsho Pore'. But I don't have enough courage to answer Gurudeb. I also wrote a poem that even today we read his poetry, perform songs, he is still very relevant. Maybe Gurudeb gave me this homework through Sourendro-Soumyajit! I am honoured," Gulzar said.

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