Song Review: “Nirobotar Kolorob”
The Youtube music video reviewed is thus:
Shib Shankar Dasgupta comments on the recent (and ongoing) Hokkolorob movement originating from Jadavpur University, India. Having observed the movement from its beginning, I thought I’d write a few things on the song. I’m not a great judge of music, and I can’t say much about the rhythm/melody/tune, therefore I’ll limit myself mostly to the lyrics.
The thinly veiled metaphor for the current and previous government in West Bengal, being referred to as “nilkomol” and “lalkomol” (blue lotus and red lotus) seems unnecessary and tacky, and poetic finesse such as this is redundant to both the revolutionary and the layman. Some in the dilettante society in Kolkata might feel relieved at the lack of directness, but is it them the song is written for?
The second stanza makes a statement many would be scared to make in the city, and props go to the artist for writing these lines, but again, it is common knowledge to both the oppressed layman and the rising revolutionary, and again fails to come off as creative or thought-provoking.
The motive behind writing the third stanza is unclear. One wonders what the function of “notojanu nirobota, bhaddhyo porua-r dol/ obohela-e protibad-e ‘onek hoyeche chol’” is in a song that ponders the effects and aftereffects of student revolution on society and the government in the next stanzas. Sure, sometimes, the students might give up on resisting the oppression, but that is exactly the monstrous odds that Hokkolorob overcame and proposes to overcome. What is the meaning of revolution if the revolutionaries already know the outcome? Probably a farce.
Lastly, one is sorely tempted to call bullshit on the last stanza. At the risk of making a fashionable tautology, no, silence is not noise, noise is noise. Silence may fall after noise, but silence cannot be the noise. Sorry again, fine poetic rhetoric and aesthetic, but inaction cannot be taken as protest.
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