1st Harbola Academy in Bengal
Subhendu Biswas, the Harbola exponent from Bengal is almost single-handedly reviving the neglected and near-extinct art of Harbola (Mimicry). He was trained by Sushil Chakrabarty, Jahar Roy, Robin Bhattacharya whose fan base reached up to Tagore.
This man can effortlessly reproduce the sounds of birds, conch shell blowing, factories, traffic, dogs, tiger and an amazing range of sounds. His vocal chords once resonate with the powerful hum of airplane and yet again the soothing pitter-patter of rains. He gains maximum satisfaction when his calls of animals are replied back by animals. As much as he learns from nature, the more he tries to return.
His pieces on contemporary events are a huge hit among public. All spheres of mass media vie for his presence in their medium. His fame is international, not only enthralling audiences in India but also abroad; in countries like Japan, America etc. he has been also flooded with laurels. A gold medal from Japan’s Toyoma Festival, felicitation from Chandigarh fine arts academy has also come calling. He has performed live in a Japanese TV program. He wants to have shows in the subcontinent, especially Bangladesh. His cultural background has helped to shape his intellect, so did his dad, Bishnupada Biswas, famed poet, singer from Bengal.
He believes that every man has an artist in him. Proper training can help bring that artist in fore. A baby after his birth makes lot of gesture s and sounds without talking. Anyone can be a Harbola with training. He has opened a Harbola Academy and published a book on Harbola training. His Book, a first in terms of scientific Harbola training has been widely acclaimed. This book is prefaced by Pabitro Sarkar, and Tagore researcher from Japan, Ajuma. Suchitra Mitra, legendary singer inaugurated the book. Everyone hopes that his book will revive this lost art-form
Article: Sujit Sengupta, English version by Kush