Tagore writes, which was later translated by, Shailesh Parekh:
“How well you sing, o accomplished artist!
Stunned, I merely listen.”
At the end Tagore translates his own poem from Geetanjali:
“Ah, thou hast made my heart captive in the endless meshes of thy music, my master!”
All these metaphorical words from Guruji’s Geetanjali came gleefully true when last night, we went to Hubert’s grand concert. In our cut-and-dried ‘life’ the evening itself was an interesting touch, a glow quite remarkable and worth mentioning. It was solid two hours stunner, precise and well managed, but delicately simple. Stage was decorated tastefully, without any ‘gaudiness’- it was not pompous, but had the feeling of expansiveness. The musicians were the real asset of the show, they were well versed with the details of the music and songs around sixties to nineties, whose language was ‘alien’ to them but their passion and hard work manifested clearly during the performance. Beats of tabla were sharp and sweet to even my inexperienced non musical ear.
Dr Hubert, a.k.a our Khokon, is a prolific singer in our community and also has huge fans and followings in other communities from the sub-continent. How do I identify him as my favourite singer? I, certainly would distinguish him as a singer with a tone of full and richness. Above all, his presentation was artful; his ‘patters’ (talking the artist did between songs) were personal and informative which transposed me back to the days when I met him back in late nineties in New Lynn with another accomplished singer- that is a long and sweet journey of two decades.
This was an occasion when we could trace back to the epical history of Bengali music, it had the touch of Tagore’s prophetic message, mystic touch of Lalon and Hasun Raza. It had the delicate touch of rural Bengal – it’s endearing eternal urging to our ‘soul’ and meshed with the songs and melodies from Hemant Kumar (Hemonto Mukherjee).
Overall, I also found Khokon’s very personal message to the ‘new’ generations of Bengalees befitting, that to share their ‘hidden talents’ with people as he does. He happens to be a busy General Practitioner in Auckland.
Dr Hubert’s final message for the night was profound, he winded up the session with Manna Dey’s song
কতো স্বপ্নের রোদ ওঠে
এই কফি হাউজে কত স্বপ্ন
মেঘে ঢেকে যায়
কতজন এলো গেল কতজনই
আসবে কফি হাউজটা শুধু
I hope our 'Coffee House' prevails for ever-for eternity!