The first half of October is purely an immersion into the soft world of pop music centred around its favourite theme – love. Though the music is taking a new direction in the commercial sphere, thematic imagination will also be necessary.
Cheyeche Mon- Rayan Roy
A lilting love song, fresh out of the lips of a singer erected in the contemporary style of formulaic commercial songs, is what describes ‘Cheyeche Mon’ simply. The story is set in a playful vibe of the modern-day urban couple. Imagery is a tool used for this purpose, words evoking scenes of intoxication and the crackling sound of the ghatam. The music has a strong tale to tell with the broad soundscape incorporating different sound worlds in a soothing and slow bed which sets the pace. The solos are artfully placed to amplify the mystical mood.
Tor Dewa Ek Rotie- Ebhabei Golpo Hok
This song touches on the gleeful side of love, where everything bounces on a merry rhythm, with upbeat chords and a charming accordion livening up the scene. The twinkling remnants of colonial music, infused with a hefty bowl of Bengali sentiments, present a picture which is capable of making you dance or at least shake the hips. Both the singers catch the fluffy mood perfectly, painting warm colours over the sonic canvas. The liveliness of the song is captured beautifully by a flirtatious harmonica that waves over all the other instruments.
Tumi Robi Nirbobe- Ebhabei Golpo Hok
Possibly the most aesthetic song on the list, Rabindranath Tagore’s classic reinvents itself as always in fresher forms, which still follow the traditional style of singing. The music moves over from contemporary sound to orchestral ambiences, which float lightly over the listener as one closes the eyes to experience the full impact. Amrita De’s soulful singing hits the bull’s eye with perfectly enunciated throws and impeccable tone modulation that is found in such singers brought up in the Rabindrasangeet school of singing. In totality, the song touches the listener but doesn’t leave a distinct mark.
Meghla Mon- Joy Sarkar
Contemporary Bengali pop music has reinvented itself in an avatar that is timeless yet fresh as the old world traditions of classical forms, western arrangements and a plethora of instruments and sounds mix in a flawless combination. When a dense string section adds a brooding touch to the mood to dip into the dark underworld of distorted guitar, the listener knows the ride is on. Contrastingly, the song speaks of a dazed view of life through the lens of a little bit of love, turning the song into a package of the never-ending supply of romance.
Jane Mon- Manomay Bhattacharya
Another pop offering, ‘Jane Mon’ courts the timeless rhythms Bengali folk music and takes the listener into a wistful dreaming of the old way of life – feeling the breeze under the yawning sun on a crystal clear day in a rural home. Manomay Bhattacharya’s masterful singing brings to life the otherworldly spell of our minds, which stores experiences in colours put on by the heart. The song basically talks about the simplicity of human feelings, light enough to float in the air but finds itself carefully stored in the innocence of longing.
The review has been written by – Sashwata Roy Chaudhari