Tagore’s Ekla Chalo Re My All Time Favourite : Gulzar

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Kolkata: Poet-lyricist Gulzar said Thursday Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Ekla Chalo Re’ remains his most favourite song though he loves to listen all other songs of the Bard with whom he feels connected at every moment.

Gulzar, who penned the script of the Hindi light and sound show ‘Yeh Baat Yaad Rakhna’ on Tagore’s life and work, told PTI after the inauguration of the show at Tagore’s birth place Jorasanko in north Kolkata, “I love to hear all the songs of Gurudev. But ‘Ekla Chalo Re’ remains my most favourite.”

He said the light and sound show was aimed at motivating and inspiring the younger generation about Tagore’s life and works, his ideals and how he had stood for the unity of the country.

“You saw the whole show, that shows my connect with Tagore. And when I was penning the script there was nothing but only Tagore in my mind,” Gulzar, who had also directed films such as ‘Aandhi’ and ‘Mausam’, said.

Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, Vice-Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University, which was organising the show for public, said, “Once Gulzar saab showed interest in penning the Hindi script we sent the Bengali script of the current light and sound show to him in last June and he took just two weeks to write a wonderful script in Hindi which bore his hall mark as a poet.”

He said while the Bengali light and sound show was now being held every day at Jorasanko campus excepting Monday, the timing of the Hindi show will be finalised by this week.
The show spanned the phase beginning from the birth of Tagore till his death and highlighting different phases of his life and his philosophy.