"Swapna" Alexander Kane?I wonder if Mr. Subroto Roy "Sahara" has seen the American classic Citizen Kane? In particular, the dismal efforts of Charles Foster Kane to promote his second wife Susan Alexander Kane as an opera singer, throwing the full weight of all his papers and influence, and ultimately failing? For the "Saharashri" (wonder what the Bedouins think of that appellation?) has a music label, a couple of TV channels and lots of influence to let his wife pursue a musical career. The songs play on these channels and though mercifully, she isn't awful to listen to, she doesn't have a perfect voice. The video (shot by Binod Pradhan, no less) showcases the opulence of the Roys in no small measure. How do you translate Xanadu in Bengali?
Had planned to leave this new item alone until I saw a Sunday TOI article on the budding singer who wishes she had done more "riyaaz" before this music video "Dheere". Also, the same newspaper had a feature on Lata Mangeshkar which said that she still had a "voice whose range and quality remains undiminished" amd "It's the same mellifluous voice". Astonishing! Even hardcore Lata fans wouldn't make such statements. Of course, her voice is not as good as it was in her heydays. I must respectfully disagree with the platitudes.