Debabrata Biswas was known for his exceptional rendition which was notable for its exceptional depth of emotional expression combined with an exploration of the subtle dramatic element in Tagore’s lyrics.
The songs recorded by him in the 40s demonstrated his renditions that followed the traditional norms & rules set by the Music Board of Vishwa Bharati. However later in the 60s his experimentation with his voice, modulation, compounded with an overt emotional expression of a kind was new to the music fraternity which brought in a severe resistance eventually leading up to restrictions in broadcast of his songs on radio and even recording them. It was in Hindusthan Record, where he found a window to display his musical rendition and this the place where he recorded some of his famous songs.
His voice at this period ranged at ease within the three octaves and with varied tempos and rhythms and showed a greater variety of emotional expression from the thunderous and rumbling to the soft and mellow. Somewhat audacious and overpowering in his personal feelings and mores, his enunciation of the words of even the most familiar of Tagore’s lyrics extracted new meanings and freshness from the compositions. The famous songs by Debabrata Biswas are ‘Akash Bhora Surjo Tara’, ‘Udashini Beshe Bideshini Ke Shay’, ‘Sunil Sagare Shyamala Sagare’, ‘Tumi To Sei Jabei Chole’ and many more.
To this day, he remains the most popular exponent of Rabindrasangeet, a model of orthodoxy when orthodox, and an icon of protest against the establishment, organized media and cultural dictatorship when breaking away from the orthodox.
He died in the year 1980 and even after more than 40 years since his demisal, his popularity remains supreme cutting across the fan base.
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INRECO - HINDUSTHAN
The Journey that began in 1932, had brought Hindusthan Records at the epicenter of a vast creative activity in the field of music, since the city was the then seat of varied musical activities covering different genres.
History remained a witness on the 5th day of April 1932 – Poet Rabindranath Tagore stepped inside Hindusthan Record’s building to inaugurate the studio. Not only that, he also recorded one of his own compositions, on the same day. Eventually, several other great recordings followed – Atul Prasad Sen, Pankaj Kumar Mullick, Ustad Faiyaz Khan, Ustad Bade Gulam Ali Khan, Anupam Ghatak, K.L.Saigal, Sachin Deb Burman, Renuka Sengupta, Amiya Thakur and Amita Sen followed.
Now, in its continuous endeavour to retain its creative supremacy, the Company has entered a new, yet varied allied activity.
The erstwhile and legendary recording studio was modernized in 2018 & recordings of eminent modern day artistes are conducted frequently. Today, the regular visits of the legendary artists in this historical studio continues to glorify the place.
The contemporary artists of today are inspired and have joined hands with Hindusthan Record in recreating the music of yesteryears, from the huge universe of music, this company boasts of.
When INRECO was set up in 1977 it was the 3rd Record Manufacturing Unit in India and the first, which was 100%, Indianowned. The Company was a successor in interest to Hindusthan Musical Products Ltd.
The Indian Record Mfg Co Ltd, started with a wide range of artistes from Punjabi to Bhojpuri to Marathi, Tamil and Malayalam. Among the artistes recorded were Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Pt. Mallikarjun Manas, Pt. Kumar Gandharva, Ustad Amir Khan and Manna Dey.
During this period from 1978-80 the major Tamil and Malayalam Films were released on the INRECO Banners. These included Super Hit Tamil Films, Priya, Oru Thalai Raagam, Jhonny Sikappu Rojakkal, Puthiya Vaarppughal, Kali Aarliruntha 60 Vari, and Super Hit Malayalam Films like Sarppam, Thakara, Tharitta Kinakkal, Etha Oru Theeram, Pratheeksha, and many more.
From 1985, INRECO came into its own specially in Carnatic Music and a series of releases of such artistes as Sudha Ragunathan, P. Unnikrishnan, Bombay S. Jayashri. Sowmya. Nithyasree Ma- hadevan, T.N. Krishnan, Kadri Gopalnath, Kunnkadi-Vaidyanathan, took the Company to an eminent position in the country’s Music Industry.
In North India, too, the Company took up Hindustani Classical Recording and with HINDUSTHAN has been releasing recordings of such artistes as Ustad Rashid Khan, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Shahid Parvez, Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Gangubai Hangal, Ramkumar Chatterjee. the names INRECO and HINDUSTHAN today convey to the discerning listener a treasure-trove of the musical heritage of India.