Bhajan is a form of Indian devotional singing. Accompanied by very simple musical instruments, it is sung by Bhajan singer in Kolkata to praise the God for his blessings.
Bhajan is believed to be one of the most soulful forms of singing there has been. This quality of this form of singing might have been caused by the fact these are actually devotional songs sung with the purpose of praising the almighty or depicting some age old sagas. Jaagran is celebrated on the Ekadashi night (the night of the new moon) where devotees indulge themselves in singing Bhajan and Kirtan. Renowned Bhajan singer in Kolkata is invited to many of thesejagraans where they sing for the deity in different temples. Bhajan, though basically a devotional form of singing, does not posess any specific form. Some experts opine that it may be as simple as a Mantra or a Kirtan or it may be something very difficult like Dhrupad or Kriti. Like all other forms of classical Indian singing forms, Bhajan is also based on Talas (rhythms) and Ragas. The name ‘Bhajan’ is a cognate of Bhakti or religious devotion. Through this kind of singing many things are conveyed – like stories from scriptures, the teachings of saints and detailed descriptions of Gods.
Every Bhajan singer in Kolkata starts a formal training under a guru from the very early years of his childhood. He trains in the Bhajans that were composed by legends like Kabir, mirabai, Surdas, Tulsidas and a few others. Though most of the Bhajans are sung in Hindi, these songs are even enjoyed by those who do not speak Hindi. Some singers also decide to train in Dakhshina Bharatha Sampradaya Bhajan – a style which is practiced mainly in Southern India. This style of Bhajan singing is passed down in a family, from one generation to the next.
Bhajans occupy a very special place in every devotee’s heart. It is almost as special as the religion itself. While traditional religious ceremonies in India are richly and elaborately constructed and almost always require the involvement of the priest, the Bhajan sessions eliminate the need of a priest. The Bhajan singer in Kolkata addresses the God himself in simple language and is accompanied by instruments like Tabla, Harmonium, cymbals, etc. It is this simple nature of these songs that common people can also join the singer in praising the God.
When we come to think about it, very form of song and singing is a kind of worship. Whether it is a Bhajan singer in Kolkata or a singer with the voice of Voice of Mukesh in Kolkata, every singer is an artist. The legendary Bollywood singer Mukesh has been a chief inspiration to singers in Kolkata for a long time. The fact that he did not receive any formal training, just his ability to listen closely to others’ singing styles ultimately lead him to become one of the best singers of Bollywood, has given many aspirants in Kolkata to dream big. There are quite a few singers in this city who have the Voice of Mukesh in Kolkata. These admirers of the evergreen singer have made his soulful songs even more popular, especially with the younger generation.