Laisa Ahmed Lisa, one of the seasoned Rabindra Sangeet singers of the country, who has won the hearts of music lovers both at home and abroad. Born in a family of musicians, Lisa has been associated with music over decades. Currently, she is the Rabindra Sangeet teacher and General Secretary at Chhayanaut. She is also the Vice President of Jatiya Rabindrasangeet Sammelan Parishad. She is working as Professor and Chairman of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department at Jagannath University. Recently, our correspondent Anindita Naheen talked to this singer. Here is an excerpt of the conversation.
How do you spend your days during the coronavirus pandemic?Globally, people are under the threat of the corona pandemic. We are passing days with stress and anxiety. In the beginning, we all are confined to our houses due to corona scare. Whenever all doors are shut, human beings find an alternative way. Artistes are also trying to find a way to get connected with people.
Now, artistes from different countries came under one umbrella by using technology. They use every single way to help people and have been trying to cheer up them in the ongoing corona crisis. We celebrated our Pahela Baishakh in a new way. We also celebrated the birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam virtually. Many musical programmes are being held online. Music inspires people and help to overcome their stresses and worries.
Can Tagore songs help people to relieve their stress and anxiety amid the pandemic?
Of course. Tagore songs are relevant to all the time. His songs, poems always convey hope, peace and humanity. Bengali nation holds his song in their vocal form in any disaster. His creation gives strengths and hope to people.
How do virtual shows motivate people in the crisis?
We are going through an extremely tough time, so through our music we want to heal people. To create awareness about the pandemic, artistes have taken different steps virtually to connect them. We can also see the positive result. People get inspired through the virtual programmes.How do you see any kind of experiment with Tagore songs?
Rabindranath Tagore was a modern artiste. He wanted that his music will always remain same. People can experiment with their own music, and I don’t find it necessary to experiment with Tagore’s creations. In my opinion, we should not play with or spoil his work. His every song is like an image. We should not destroy its mood.
What do you think about present days’ music?
I am very hopeful for the new generation. They are practicing Tagore song wholeheartedly. As a cultural activist, our duty is to guide them to the right direction.
What do you want to say to your audience?
My best regards to all. I would like to ask the audience to cultivate Bengali culture in everyday life. Let’s not lose hope, even though we are going through difficult times. I believe that this ordeal will come to an end soon.