If there is one day when All India Radio beats all television channels hollow, it is on Mahalaya. Waking up at the crack of dawn to listen to the sonorous chants of late Birendra Krishna Bhadra has almost become a ritual for a generation of Bengalis. Channels tirelessly continue to rope in various stars to present a new-improved version of the Mahisasura Mardini. Yet on Mahalaya, majority of Bengalis still prefer to dust their transistor sets and listen to the chants that stand as a harbinger of the Durga Puja season. What is it that makes this radio programme on an operatic scale so special? Is it nostalgia that refuses to lose its charm despite people having heard it so many times over? Or is it authenticity sans any filmi connection? Or is it simply a love for cliches? Akashvani has changed its signature tune. The once-popular programmes on radio have been almost elbowed out of circulation. Yet, the timeless appeal of Mahisasura Mardini remains. According to Tarun Kumar Das, assistant station director of AIR, over an informal adda in 1932, Nripen Mazumdar, Raichand Boral, Pankaj Mullick and other stalwarts discussed how it would be nice to host a programme that would keep people awake all night. "The programme was called Basentesori Champu and it was held in March. This programme was redeveloped and the first 'Mahisasura Bodh' got broadcast in 1936. Back then, it was held on shoshti," Das says.
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