Commercial film songs have crowded out independent releases in the second half of October. While there is a potpourri of different sounds, festive cheer occupies most of the space.
Kawthar Katha – Rawkto Rawhoshyo
Melancholy is embodied perfectly in this 3-minute tear-jerker. Iman Chakraborty’s sublime voice brings out the emotions which bubble under the surface, just waiting to burst forth as if they have been kept in too long. The music floats gracefully like a ballet dancer, twirling over the dense piano chords but riding waves with the string section which pierce deep. Lyrically, the song talks about the words that one is not able to tell their loved ones and it stays within them with their immense weight. Quite relatable, the song is a thought provoker as well.
Dhak Baaja Komor Nacha – Switzerland
‘Dhak Baaja Komor Nacha’ is bursting with joy at the prospect of dancing with the maximum enthusiasm one can muster during the visarjan of goddess Durga when everyone dances and celebrates. The music is of a peppy kind, sprinkled with all kinds of spicy masala that are bound to make waists groove and bodies sway. To top it off with infectious beats on the dhak is simply irresistible. However, it falls short in the lyrical department as there isn’t much imagination, but the song doesn’t particularly demand it either. It is a typical run-of-the-mill commercial film song.
Guldasta (title track) – Rupankar Bagchi
This song takes form like a typical happy song that one finds in romantic movies with happy endings. The jaunty manner is present throughout, even with classical vocal inflexions over the chorus line of ‘Guldasta’ being repeated over and over again by numerous voices. The interesting fact about this song is that it is sung in both Bengali and Hindi but it doesn’t feel odd or even forced. However, the retro electronic sounds seem out of place in the otherwise pop-rock soundscape. Rupankar’s voice, however, distracts from the bad parts and brings a smile.
Elo Maa Dugga Thakur – Sonu Nigam, Monali Thakur, Jeet Gannguli
A star-studded cast was assembled to lend a voice to this song welcoming goddess Durga during the festive season that is most important to Bengalis. The mesmerising voices of the singers almost make the listeners overlook the rich soundscape that takes from different genres to produce a delectable output that is bound to inject festive cheer into anyone. The rhythm of the ‘dhak’ perfectly rolls into the tight format set up by a rock format where synthesisers can be heard on the peripheries while bells and gongs take centre stage. This song is surely unforgettable.
Ami Jodi Duiba Mori – The Miliputs
A young folk-rock band from Kolkata, The Miliputs have been making waves recently. Starting out by re-christening old folk numbers in their unique avatar, they are trying their hand at creating original compositions. ‘Ami Jodi Duiba Mori’ is a confident step in that direction. The vocals clearly follow a folk format, while the music is rooted in rock tradition but leans towards folk territories, except when the guitar takes a sweet solo. The rhythm section keeps things heavy, brooding and rock-solid, letting everything else reach their peaks. However, while the sound is maybe fresh, the song does not sound very new or original.
**The review has been written by – **Shaswata Kundu Chaudhuri**