Chupi Chupi – Neil Mukho
‘Chupi Chupi’ sounds like something old and nostalgic calling out to our senses. A direct interpretation is, however, more mysterious. A man is pleading his lover to join him in the middle of the night, but the lover has vanished and the call comes from an unknown entity. The middle part of the song has a distinct Indian flavour, conjuring up exotic, brooding and shady imagery like a black sheet covering all the rot and hurt that results from love and its turbulent motions. All in all, Neil Mukherjee delivers an intense outpouring of emotion.
Dogdoge Itihaasher Ghaa – Rupam Islam
A lone, somber piano forms the background for this protest song by Fossils’ frontman Rupam Islam. Created as an outcry against the violence that tore apart Northeast Delhi a few weeks back, this song alerts the listener to the dark days that our country is going through, especially through the lens of communal violence. A mournful string section adds wind to the fire that burns furiously on seeing the deaths caused by hatred and apathy of the ones who turned their faces away from reality. Besides leaving an honest dose of bitterness in your mouth, this song is a thought provoker.
Ebhabei Golpo Hok – Title Track (Male Version) – Rupankar Bagchi
A spurt of joy bursts forth from the lilting harmonica and the song begins to tell the story. The arrangement is simplistic in nature – grounded on a piano, some guitar fillers tune it to perfection while string sections add required colours. Percussion is minimal, letting the voice take center stage as with most film songs. Rupankar’s voice is ideal for these kinds of songs as it requires expression of tender expressions which cannot be overdone. In a nutshell, the song tells that whichever direction one chooses to take in life, allow that tale to be told.
Lal Paharir – Soumik Das
A poem written by Arun Chakraborty in the 1970s has been on the lips of Bengalis as the famous song ‘Lal Paharir Deshe Ja’ (Go to the land of red hills). It has been rechristened in a new avatar by Soumik Das a.k.a. Gyana. A folk arrangement using guitars and a frame drum instead of dhol, it has a contemporary outlook. The music is very soothing on the ears, giving off subtle vibes of dancing in circles. The flute takes centre stage like most of Bengali folk songs, but somehow, the true essence of such a tune is lost in its polished treatment.
Fagune Agun Dia Jao – Deepmoy Das
What happens when folk meets electronica? The result is a song like ‘Fagune Agun Dia Jao’. It is such a mix of the old and the modern that some people will love it, while others will trash it. But none can ignore it. An angry electric guitar flirts with the trills of the percussive instrument dubki. On top of it, a heavy voice narrates the words in a scary backdrop. The effect is unnerving, especially when the singer does unchecked vocal throws in the style of the folk bauls.