The first half of April sees a healthy mix of different genres. There is an indie song about cities while folk songs evoke a rural ethos. Interestingly, the commercial movie releases are also moving away from formulaic music by imbibing world music elements.
Ei Chokhe Bhor Laage – Borno Anonyo
A furious and fast-paced song, ‘Ei Chokhe Bhor Lage’ is a song that is urban through and through. An ode to Kolkata and its all-absorbing character where people from all walks of life can live to reflect the juxtaposition of the old and the modern that is an inherent trait of the city, the song celebrates all of it. Performed live, incendiary rhythms, dribbling percussions and a flighty electric guitar make it a sumptuous treat. To top it off, the duet vocals shoot off into the ambience, taking the already charged song up several notches.
Besh Toh – Ei Ami Renu
Movie songs seem to be catching up to the wonders of world music as it is using those soundscapes to enrich a typical Bengali contemporary song. Shreya Ghoshal’s beautiful voice describes the budding romance which could turn into a lifetime of love. The music is divided into two parts – one which goes with the verses and follows a buoyant rhythm on Bengali percussion; the other part is made up of numerous string and bow instruments like the mandolin and violin playing interludes that take from European folk music. The music is very catchy and will open up listeners to different sounds.
Chol Choley Jaai – Ei Ami Renu
Another song from the same movie, this song is totally different and follows in the typical tradition of commercial movie songs. Arijit Singh and Shreya Ghoshal’s voices take the song into a different zone which is marked by a slide guitar and a piano bed out of which rises a melancholic flute. The song talks of the desire to escape from everything to live life on their own terms. The rhythm is slow and one is reminded of the classic Titanic song, which is about love, melancholia and also the pain of longing.
Aisho Amar Bondhu – Ranjita Chakraborty
What could be better than a Bengali folk song ushering in the Bengali new year? Ranjita Chakraborty’s take on Deepmoy Das’ creation ‘Aisho Amar Bondhu’ celebrates the spirit of new beginnings as well as the blossoming of spring. Ranjita’s vocals follow the Baul tradition while the music is played by a dotara, dhol and a dubki – folk instruments. The feel of the music is celebratory and joyous. It follows a set pattern, out of which only the dhol shakes things up a bit at intervals. The lyrics are simple and talks about nature, love and calls for celebrating the new year together.
Kandiya Akul Hoilam – Paromieta
A traditional Bhatiyali song – a form of music performed by the fishermen community of Bengal – ‘Kandiya Akul Hoilam’ will make the hairs on your body stand up. The pathos is embedded very deep – from Paromieta’s tear-jerking vocals to the slow, melancholia being peddled by the soundscape. The lyrics, by Idam Shah, say that one is spent after crying for the fishermen whose name isn’t known and hence cannot be called. In a broader sense, it reflects the temporality of their lives and how misfortune can rob their livelihood. The most interesting aspect of the song is the usage of splashing and dripping sounds which create the ambience of a boat being rowed on water.