Into the Heaven of Freedom

 

Susmit Bose is a renowned urban folk singer who sings to spread the message of peace. He has been making music since the 1970’s, and has performed widely in India and abroad. He participated in the International Folk Song Festival in Havana, Cuba in 1978. He has also been involved in making documentaries and films on socio-cultural aspects of India. He composed the score for the film “I am Kalam”. Singing in English, many consider him to be a source of social change for the generation of English educated Indians. Although Susmit does not necessarily agree with it, he has often been called the “Bob Dylan of India”.

He has set Rabindranath Tagore’s poem “Where the Mind is Without Fear” to music. The dramatic emphasis of the song is on the lyrics: “Into the heaven of freedom my Father, let my country awake”. Passionate as he is about peace and justice, he is not commercially motivated while making music. This allows him to speak freely and openly about social issues although his aim is not to directly bring about social change.

“All Rise” is an inspirational song about human dignity. Although music alone is not enough for peace, it is a very strong message for communicating the message. “I’m still a hippy at heart,” said Susmit, so let the power of peace prevail.

 

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