Gaaner Oparey (transl. On the other side of song)[1][2][3][4] is an Indian Bengali television serial which aired on Star Jalsha from 28 June 2010 to 16 April 2011.[5][6] This TV musical marked the beginning of a yearlong celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. The concept was a brainchild of the Indian director Rituparno Ghosh.[7] The songs were all popular Rabindra sangeets. Prosenjit Chatterjee launched an audio CD of its tracks on Mahalaya on 12 October 2015.[8] On account of Rabindranath Tagore's 157th birthday, Star Jalsha added Gaaner Oparey on Disney+ Hotstar on 9 May 2018. It was re-aired on Star Jalsha during the 2020 lockdown period, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gaaner Oparey
Title screen
Created byRituparno Ghosh
Written byStory
Anuja Chatterjee
Koushik Bhattacharya
Rituparno Ghosh
Anuja Chattopadhyay
Directed byJoydeep Mukherjee
StarringArjun Chakrabarty
Mimi Chakraborty
Gaurav Chakrabarty
ComposersMusic by
Debojyoti Mishra
Anindya Narayan Biswas
Samantak Sinha
Sharmistha Paul
Soumyajit Das
Amrita Datta
Debashish Banerjee
Runu Dutta.
Country of originIndia
Original languageBengali
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes251
Executive producerMadhuja Badopadhyay
ProducersProsenjit Chatterjee
Arpita Pal
Production locationKolkata
Running time22 mins
Production companyIdeas Creations
Original release
NetworkStar Jalsha
Release28 June 2010 (2010-06-28) –
16 April 2011 (2011-04-16)
Durga (TV series)

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The story revolves around a girl named Sohini (more commonly known as Pupe) from an orthodox Tagore worshipping family and Gora, an extremely talented but carefree lad, who repeatedly experiments with Rabindra sangeet. The story traces their relationship and human emotions through an imaginative portrayal of Tagore, his true ideals and their significance today. It also portrays the patriarchal society still prevalent in modern India. The serial used more than fifty Tagore songs and brought out their relevance in the lives of the protagonists. The cast was composed of stalwarts such as Sabyasachi Chakrabarty and Dipankar De plus newcomers Gaurav and Arjun Chakrabarty (sons of Sabyasachi Chakrabarty). The female lead was played by Mimi Chakrabarty in only her second project as an actress.

The show has portrayed three different forms of Rabindrasangeet: the more traditional kind through the voice of Pupe, a fused version with Hindustani classical music, through the voice of Pradipto, and an 'unplugged' rendition, sometimes incorporating rap words and band music, through Gora. Several singers such as Anindya Narayan Biswas, Samantak Sinha, Sharmistha Paul,[9] Soumyojit Das, Amrita Datta, Debashish Banerjee and Runu Dutta were roped for playback singers.

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References edit

  1. ^ "Ganer Oparey has only brain and no heart". Washington BanglaRadio. Archived from the original on 26 October 2016.
  2. ^ "The small, unknown and wonderful world!". Its Raining Love.blogspot. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
  3. ^ "The sound of music The lead pair of STAR Jalsha's mega Gaaner Oparey". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  4. ^ "A soapy Tagore tribute". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Television 2010". The Telegraph (India).
  6. ^ "Curtain call". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Rituparno and Prosenjit kiss and makeup". The Times of India.
  8. ^ "Prosenjit Chatterjee's Tribute to Rituparno Ghosh's Gaaner Oparey". NDTV. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  9. ^ "The young minstrels". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Archived from the original on 30 March 2018. Retrieved 8 May 2011.

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