Song of our time: ‘Deshe mobile aishache’


By Pathik Jajabar

Song-Review. Since the last few decades, the dominant trends in songs’ lyrics are based on a narcissist romance, romance that is only about the nuclear love and family. These songs, though popular, deliberately fails to capture the pulse of the society. The everyday-stories of the commoners are absent there. After hearing those songs, it seems, there is no crisis or other story in this society except romance or separation. But how romance or love, a part of our life, can be excluded from our day to day life’s crises? The ‘innocent’ patronisation of such ‘romantic’ songs by the mainstream is not innocent at all. Mainstream’s such deliberate ‘innocence’ also controls people’s taste as well as push the young song writers and singer to perform under narcissist narratives and thus creating an obstacle to practice free thinking in their musical inspiration. However, this blind young man from rural Bangladesh defying the musical traditions of the elite, sings freely.

Despite of such disfavour, some people who try to sing the songs of times are devotedly doing their job silently, though few in number. Their songs reflect interesting stories of life. A street song found in youtube titled ‘Deshe Mobile Aisache, Chithe Bondho hoiyache’ is an example of that practice. The song portrays a poor lover’s pain in the context of how a technological change impacts on people’s lives. It also portrays how conditioned reflex is created through capitalist marketing policy and makes a commodity essential irrespective of necessity. The song tells about the disappearance of letter after the emergence of mobile phone. It points to the fact that the market-mongers have created an artificial reality — whatever the economic status is, mobile is now necessary, even to continue love! It also points out, the deliberate market propaganda that makes the mobile phone as a part of social status in such a way that even poor people are also trying to achieve a mobile phone and misusing a lot of money for maintaining monthly bills. The song also portrays the poor lover’s cry for this mobile phone induced change in society as s/he is having difficulties to co-opt with this change. No doubt, this song will force you to halt some seconds and feel how a deep philosophy is incorporated in that song with a very understandable lyric.

One can argue what’s wrong with those love songs? If people are enjoying those songs then what’s wrong? As people are enjoying, why shouldn’t the mainstream subscribe to the innocent narcissist trend? Because, there is a politics of ruling class is at work here. The ruling class and its mainstream media always patronises those songs which are not conflicting with the status quo and that is why the mainstream media are reluctant to become a patron of popular rural songs like ‘deshe mobile aishache.’ These songs tell stories other than individuated love; it tells you the story of people’s crises.


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