Singer Shilpi Biswas
Singer Shilpi Biswas

Jennifer Hicks

To the music lovers around the world, the name of Shilpi Biswas may not yet be well known, but by now, through her extremely powerful and melodious voice, Shilpi has already emerged as one of the most popular female singers in Bangladesh, who also has lots of fans in the West Bengal and other parts of India.

From a very young age, Shilpi Biswas began learning music and subsequently had established her command in classical songs, Nazrul Sangeet, modern and folk songs. By now she has recorded several songs, which have already been released by a number of music labels in Bangladesh. She also is a regular performer in Bangladesh Television as well as private television channels.

Recently this singer has accorded an exclusive interview to the News Ghana, where she has discussed on various segments of music as well as her future ambitions. Here are the excerpts:

Jennifer: Tell us how you have found yourself into the world of music.

Shilpi: Thanks! Music has always been an integral part of my family. From my childhood, I got inspiration from my family members, especially my father in choosing music as my profession. With that ambition and dream, I dedicated myself to learning music and ultimately has been able to partially accomplish my goal.

Jennifer: Partially? You already are a popular singer in Bangladesh and West Bengal. Still why you consider this achievement as partial?

Shilpi: Every artist suffers from being not satisfied with whatever they achieve. That is possibly the key element for someone to become more and more successful. My dream is to establish myself in the musical world with lots of hit songs. Moreover, I have the dream of singing Hindi songs as well as doing playback in Kolkata movies.

Jennifer: Which platform in music you enjoy most?

Shilpi: I mostly enjoy stage performances as it connects me with the audience. Any artist’s dream is to entertain the audience. So, the stage performance gives more opportunity in doing so.

Jennifer: So far, we know, you have Bangla songs both modern and folk. Which one is more favorite to you?

Shilpi: Of course, folk. Because it holds the ingredient of original emotion and sentiment of the people. Bangla is a land of emotions. Here we have dozens of Sufi singers as well as lyricists, while we also have legendary lyricists like Lalon Shah, Radha Romon, Hason Raja, Durbin Shah, Abdul Karim, and others. They have written songs, which will be alive even after hundreds of years. Naturally, being someone, who is purely a Bengali, I feel myself more attracted to folk songs.

Jennifer: You are going to record a song written and tuned by eminent lyricist and music maestro in Bangladesh, Shoaib Choudhury. May we know your feelings about singing a song by this internationally known individual?

Shilpi: I am thrilled. It’s a great honor as well as the opportunity of singing Shoaib Choudhury’s song. I am aware of the power of his lyrics and tune and truly it would definitely mesmerize anyone – both the singers and the audience. He is the finest lyricist and tuner of our time. It’s a great opportunity for me as a singer.

Jennifer: Do you have any ambition of traveling to various countries and spread Bangla songs amongst the international audience?

Shilpi: Definitely and I do sincerely hope, such an opportunity will come into my life.

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