“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” ― Dr Seuss
All the sleepless nights, all the sighs you let out at the sight of the flawlessness of the person you love, the thumping of your heart against your chest as they say your name out loud and the fragrance they leave behind after a stroll down the corridor of your college. Relatable? Sounds like Cupid has aimed his arrows right at you. As beautiful as the mushy feeling of being in love may be, the fuzzy feelings also come with a checklist. The checklist of being able to keep the other person happy, compromising, amending fights and then you end up mastering the art of making up. As February creeps in, you start wiping the beads of sweat off your forehead, as the blushes turn into fits of desperate attempts to be able to make the 14th of February the most outstanding day in your relationship. As clichéd a day as it may be, we still witness half the world going crazy in love, with heart balloons soaring into the sky and love locks being chained onto every bridge of love.
Chocolates, flowers and personalized cards sounding mundane? Do you want to take it a notch up and embrace your beloved this Valentines Day by going against the usual routine dinner dates? Set the table at your place, light up the candles, dim the lights and bring out the Champagne as the list of the most romantic Bengali songs of all time will leave you two swooning and breaking into a kiss every now and then. Now we may not be the most ardent lovers, but we certainly know what sets the mood going, so here is a list of what we think are the best Bengali songs to have been given music to that pretty much sums up as the cherry on the cake on the upcoming amorous day.
“If music be the food of love, play on..” – William Shakespeare.
1. Chirodini Tumi Je Amar
Chirodini Tumi Je Amar
The eternal love song for every Kolkattan, ‘Amar Shongi’ would never be the same without this mellifluous love ballad. Boiling down as the anthem for every couple, every girl has effortlessly transformed into ‘Chirodini’ for a love struck lad, confessing his love for eternity. Kishore Kumar hence transcends us back into time where butterflies sat on our noses and we danced around trees atop a hill while slipping our fingers into the hands of our one and only. Who said Bappi Lahiri only wore gold? The music was definitely priceless.
2. Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona
Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona
Anjan Dutt is a maestro, a maestro of classic contemporary movies and music while incorporating modern day love into every masterpiece of his. The 2011 movie was a hit for sure, but the title track set the ball rolling for every Bangali to belt the song out to their respective crushes. The foot tapping music and the magical voice is a perfect mood setter for everyone trying to woo their crushes.
3. Tomay Hrid Majhare Rakhbo
Tomay Hrid Majhare Rakhbo
What better than to keep your love wrapped up in your heart forever. Mushy? We think otherwise. Bangla Baul music or the folk songs as we call it are going amiss amidst all the jargon created these days. Yet, there was once created a song that has been on every Kolkata dwellers lips on every romantic occasion and what better than Valentines day to flaunt your romance. P.S: Check out the Coke Studio version of it.
4. Chokhe Chokhe Kotha Bolo
Chokhe chokhe kotha bolo
If you swear by ‘old is gold’, this evergreen RD Burman and Asha Bhosle number should be at the top of your playlist for the evening. Some things are better conveyed unsaid and nothing beats the classic eye contact that sparks connections. The Bengali adaptation of ‘Nahi nahi abhi nahi’, definitely gives out signals of ‘ Oh yes! Right now!’.
5. Bela Bose
We wonder how many times you’ve dialled 2441139 and heard the endless beeps. Anjan Dutt strikes yet again. The Bangla youth anthem is legen- wait for it – dary! Valentines may not mean having the one you love by your side, so usher in your inner Romeo and go dial that number and take a chance, or better still, just sing this to your ‘Bela Bose’.
6. Ami Chini Go Chini Tomare
Ami Chini Go Chini Tomare
No list is complete without Rabi Thakur making an entry and zooming you into the warmth of love. With Kishore Kumar lending his euphonious voice,the film ‘Charulata’witnessed love blooming in the theaters back in time. So if it worked then, why not now? This V Day, let your feelings ooze out to your ‘Bideshini’ who should not be ‘ foreign’ to your feelings but will instead end up snuggling into your arms as you hum the song gently into her ears.
If none of these songs work, Kolkata has hidden in itself music and melodies galore for you to say the three magic words without having to say them out loud. Trust us, music adds a zing to the date and leaves a spark in both your eyes. A true blue lover only needs to have YouTube as the wingman on the D Day and the rest will be history. After all, whats love without a little magic and wavering from the humdrum daily life and it is only then when the path of love keeps us alive, the question being- ‘ Ei poth jodi na shesh hoye, tobe kemon hoto tumi bolo toh?’
Still looking for a last minute brunch plans with bae on Valentine’s Day? Head to Serafina Kolkata today and spend some romantic time with your partner, with their specially curated Valentine’s Day menu.