Toongate: Trinamool MP mocks Mamata; composes song in jibe

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Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata, Apr 17: After the toongate row, the anti-Mamata sentiment seems to be rising against the firebrand Chief Minister of West Bengal. Facing flak over her move to arrest a professor accused of circulating anti-Mamata cartoons over the internet, another singer-turned-Trinamool Congress MP Kabir Suman has composed a song called ''Hasi Niye Thako'' (Live with a smile) in an underhanded jibe at the state govt.

Mamata’s move to arrest the professor was seen as an effort to curb the freedom of expression with the intellectuals and the aam aadmi expressing their strong angst on the move. Mamata had arrested the Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra for circulating the anti-Mamata cartoons.

Suman had earlier used his creative compositions to ridicule various policies by the Mamata government through songs and blogs. His song goes something like this –

Hasi niye Thako/Hasi Mukhe Thako/...
Bongo Rongo hok sob lok hese nik Jantranoteo

(Live with a smile/ live with a smiling face. Even in pain, the people of Bengal should smile).”

Hasi hok Mukhe Bhaat...abodh sishu o jane chotto hasir mane kon hasi kar
Hasi te nei khoroch hasi to emnitei mukhe ese jay

Let there be smile in the first feeding ceremony of a child...a small kid also knows what smile means. You don’t need to spend money for smiling, everybody smiles easily).

Aiynai mukh dekho aktu haste sekho swabhabik Hasi
Khocha deoa hasi noy tate sandeho hoy bujhi debe fansi

(You should see your face in the mirror and learn to laugh normally. No oblique smile, that leads to suspicion that you may be hanged).

“I am there on Facebook and happy with my smile and sing with a smile. My day will also come, let me sharpen my smile as of now. Stay with a smile,” Suman said.

Only a couple of days back, Suman had penned a song criticising the police action against slum dwellers of Nonadanga in east Kolkata as well as the transfer of police officer Damyanti Sen, who played a crucial role in solving the Park Street rape case.

Suman had a fallout with the Trinamool Congress after he alleged that corruption was rife among certain party leaders and slammed the govt’s move to carry out a joint forces operation in the Maoist-infested districts of the state. A name to reckon with in modern Bengali music, he is understood to have changed the face of Bengali music in the 1990’s with the 'jeebonmukhi' genre, writing and singing about people and their lives.

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