RAJKUMAR DAS: Earlier in September the red carpet premiere of this show was staged. Lotus Makeup Presents My Name is Jaan received raving reviews and compliments from media and critics a like. This musical solo is the unique form of stage performance where Arpita alone performs for almost 2 hours- while singing, dancing, narrating and acting.
Director Abanti Chakraborty has excelled in creating this magic through Arpita. Arpita sings 9 songs – of various gharana and language live on stage. Her mellifluous voice and quality music composition of Joy Sakar keepthe audience enthralled. My Name is Jaan is an engrossing depiction of Gauhar Jaan,the first voice recorded in India and considered one of the most enigmatic legends in Indian music history.
The play is a first-person narrative with a feminist undertone. The 95 minutes show, separated by an interval, takes the audience back in time as if they are experiencing history. Arpita’ s singing is a class apart in this play. The audience enjoyed every bit of it even if he/she is not a connoisseur of classical music.
Addressing the media, Arpita Chatterjee the solo actor of’My Name Is Jaan’ said, “It is dedication, hard work and passion to captivate the audience while playing Gauhar Jaan. In the case of Lotus Make Up present, My Name Is Jaan, I realized singing rejuvenates me. It was sheer ecstasy to receive all the accolades and I am privileged to be back again. As a woman, I completely relate to Gauhar! I never give up and no adversity has ever dampened my spirit. Kolkata is indeed the city where an artist always gets its due no matter whatthe circumstance is.”