A new nationalist synthesis

Last year, I posted Rumi bhai’s video of Amar Shonar Bangla sung during the opening match of the Cricket World Cup.  I thought the tone-deaf singing perfectly captured the instinctive attachment with the song that most Bangladeshis feel.  But quite a few thought the beautiful song was ‘mis-represented’.  Thankfully, no one has taken me to the courts over this.

Just to be on the safe side, let me begin this year’s Independence Day post with a more harmonic rendition.

It is a beautiful song.  Nothing I say over the fold will remotely match what you’ve just heard.  So feel free to ignore the rest of the post — honestly, I won’t mind.  🙂