Saturday Special: In Conversation With Iman Chakraborty


“After all these years, I am learning Odissi. I travel, go out, talk to people and avoid all kinds of negative energy”, Indian National Award-winning singer Iman Chakraborty shares her thoughts exclusively with Dipto Paul.

Iman was born in Liluah, Howrah, India, where she was taught music by her late mother Trishna Chakraborty. She grew up with the songs of Tagore and Folk music but was also hugely inspired by Rabindranath Tagore. Iman expressed her passion for Tagore songs, saying: “To some, Rabindranath is a lover, to others, a father. In fact; he cannot be explained in any way. His scope is infinite”

The singer started her career as a Tagore song artiste, and gradually went on to do playback for films. After her first album, ‘Bosh te dio kachhe,’ she was noticed by music composer Anupam Roy, who wanted to experiment with a fresh voice and use new vocal and tonal qualities for his upcoming Film ‘Praktan’.

The song ‘Tumi Jaake Bhalobasho’ from the film got Iman the prestigious National Film Award for Best Female Playback Singer and Filmfare Award East for Best Female vocalist of 2017. 

“One day I received a call from Anupam da (Anupam Chackraborty) and he offered me a chance to sing for him. It was surreal,” Iman recalls.

“I am not just going to concentrate on film music but I have things in mind for independent work as well. As I got immersed in the world of music, I realized my love for different genres, like Indian folk,” added her.

Recently Iman has released her new music video ‘Eki Labonye’ in collaboration with Asha Audio. Along with her voice, Iman is also featured in the music video with her satisfying gestures.

Watch the song below

‘Eki Labonye’ is originally a song from Rabindranath Tagore which Imon has released exclusively for Durga Puja. This is for the first time; Iman is appearing in a music video not only as a singer but also acting as the main character.

For her well-wishers Iman said: “I would request everyone, especially those who showered me with love, to spread warmth and live life to the fullest.”