[In No Particular Order]
1. Ami Chini Go Chini [Charulata]: When Rabindranath Thakur meets Satyajit Ray meets Kishore Kumar, greatness is guaranteed. There are reams that can be written about the movie and this song in particular, about Kadambari Devi (the story “Nashtoneer” on which “Charulata” is based being inspired by Tagore’s relationship with her), and Victoria Ocampo (the song “Chini Go Chini” written by Tagore’s supposedly as a paean to her with her) but for now, I shall ask you to listen.
2. O Go Nirupama [Anindita]: I just love how the “I couldn’t care the less about you” meaning of the song is counterpoised by the sheer romance of Kishore-Da’s voice texture.
3. Ei to Hethaye [Lukochuri]: Perhaps the most perfect romantic song.
4. Singh Nei Tobu [Lukochuri]: Is this the first rap song in Indian cinema? Kishore Kumar’s full versatility on show here—the dancing, the acting, the clean singing and of course the comic timing. Immortal.
5. Ek Poloke Ektoo Dekha [Lukochuri]: Yet another song from the same movie. What to do? Such is its awesomeness.
6. Bidhir Badhon Kaatbe Tumi [Ghare Baire]: Rabindranath Thakur meets Satyajit Ray meets Kishore Kumar once again. Magic is inevitable. Note the total absence of accompaniments. As an aside, Kishore Kumar, I have always felt has been under-appreciated as a Rabindrasangeet singer.
7. Sei raate raat chilo : Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
8. Ei to Jibon [Ogo Bodhu Sundori]: Mandatory song after a few pegs down. Especially if there are Lolas and Lulus in the audience. Yep. Mandatory. Or you ain’t a Bengali.
9. Aaj Ei Dintaake Moner Khathaye [Antorale]:Song for the last day of school. Always. (Please ignore the Bangladeshi video barbarity)
10. Ek Taanete Jemon Temon [Troyee]: What’s not to love? Mithun-da. Kestho Mukherjee. The green light streaming from the back. The time-dilation effects of ganja. A take-down of “Dum Maro Dum.” Awesome fun.