Gofchuri is an unforgettable asset of our childhood memories. The Boro Babu in the head office is a nice quiet man until he thinks his mustache is safe. Once he believes someone stole his mustache in the middle of the noon while he was dozing in the office, no one is spared. Since Sukumar Ray has penned the eternally amusing Gofchuri, Bengali Boro babu has never been the same.
Soumitro Chattopadhyay’s wonderful voice and expression has made the ingenious poem blossom more than ever. Although the poem is written for the kids, who knows you might discover a subtler meaning hidden in it!
Enjoy Gofchuri once again.
Sukumar Ray taught us the most valuable lesson in life – to laugh. Since the first publication of Abol Tabol on 19 September 1923, kids in Bengal have had a different childhood. Sukumar not only created a literary unforgettable for the children but also started a new era in education.
On a different point of view, this was a feat of great achievement as the period was fraught with tireless battles for the nation’s freedom against the British tyrannies especially in Bengal that brought forth the deaths of thousands due to disease and famine. At that point of time, Abol Tabol was not only a comic relief but perhaps a god-sent means of happiness and joy. Adults equally enjoyed it teaching to their kids. The immense popularity of Abol Tabol has led to its recitation and recording in diverse avenues. Even today the book is widely available to buy in all major bookstores and in the online marketplace.
In the genre of literature, Sukumar’s Abol Tabol is under ‘literary nonsense’ similar to the works of Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll. Gof churi is one of the classics in the book with with poems extraordinaire like Kath Buro and Kumropotash.
Sukumar Ray’s family has had a rich history of illustrious people. Although Satyajit Ray, his only child was only 2 years old when Sukumar Ray passed away, through his will and talent he became one of the greatest film directors globally. Sukumar Ray was the son of the versatile Upendrakishore who was himself a versatile writer of stories and the then science fiction. He was also a technologist who conducted several experiments and also spent considerate time in astronomy. He was also skilled in painting and was an illustrator along with being a musician and as well as a composer. It was he who had started the famous magazine ‘Sandesh’.
Rabindranath, Jagadish Chandra Bose and Prafulla Chandra Roy were on close terms with Sukumar’s father and hence Sukumar grew up in an environment in the cradle of geniuses.
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Sukumar Ray was ar ardent follower of the Brahmo Samaj and dreamt to reform the society through the ideals. Rabindranath Tagore and he were closely associated throughout their ventures and it is worthwhile a mention that Sukumar had understood the truly rich value of Tagore’s songs and literature and he had appraised Tagore in England – this was long before The Nobel had had been awarded to him that led to his justified recognition and fame.
Satyajit Ray in his last years of his life, shot an excellent documentary on his father Sukumar Ray.
- Soumitra, Satyajit, Rabindranath and Kishore Kumar – this is AMI CHINIGO from Charulata!
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- Soumitra’s 2 min recitation will touch your heart and tear your eyes