Sisir Kumar Suni: The Founder Of Bodo Music

Sisir Kumar Suni: The founder of Bodo Musical notation in Assam.

Doyen of Bodo Music: 

Music legend Sisir Kumar Suni is now 84 years old and confined to the periphery of his home. Forgotten by the Assamese music world, Suni keeps himself engaged with his never ending musical activities in his home at Bengbari village, five km from Tangla town in Udalguri district of the state. Sisir Suni will always be remembered as the founder of Bodo Musical notation in Assam. It was through his efforts that the Bodo folk dance, ‘Kherai’ was performed on stage for the first time in 1955.

He was also the first music director of Bodo modern song broadcast through AIR Guwahati in 1977. He was the person behind the BOOK “GWTHANG DENKHW” published in 1994. He also composed notation on Kamrupia Lokgeet in a book ‘Sodomsri’ published in 1995.Suni composed more than hundred songs which have already been published in many books. He composed Assamese notation of modern songs, Jyoti Sangeet, Rabha Sangeet, Bhupendra Sangeet, Kamrupi folk songs, Bihu songs etc.

Age may have restricted his bodily movements, but his spirit is still determined to find newer ventures and remains optimistic about systemic research and practice of traditional folk culture of Assam in their original style. Preferring to maintain a low profile, this octogenarian music maestro is now living alone at Bengbari. He loves to play violin most of the time although he plays other musical instruments like Spanish guitar, Hawaiian guitar, mandolin, piano, organ, accordion etc. While talking to Northeast Today, Suni expressed unhappiness at the present day status of Assamese ethnic folk song and dances.”If not preserved with notation, all will be lost in the midst of remix culture,” he said. He was also critical of government policy towards singers, actors and musicians.”

Anybody with Radio and TV background gets government recognition leaving behind genuine artists,” he added. He mentioned Dr Nirmal Prabha Bordoloi, Mukul Barua and Pulak Banerjee as his favourite artists. Unfortunately, even after so much of his contribution to the Assamese music society, Sisir Suni is yet to receive government pension or recognition.Suni had been a close associate of Bishnu Rabha,who was a regular visitor to his house at Bengbari when Kalaguru had been underground. Sisir Kumar Suni was born on November 20 in 1932 at Bengbari.

He was the eldest son of Dr.James Suni and singer Giribala Suni. Completing primary education at Bengbari LP School, he joined Bengbari Mission School in 1942. He also established the Bengbari ME School in association with late Nabin Chandra Medhi. Courtesy:




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