The second half of September is dominated by film songs. Interestingly, the sounds have evolved from traditional formulaic efforts to out-of-the-box music direction which incorporates exotic styles.
Micheal Vidyasagar Sangbad- Anupam Roy
An ode to greats of Bengali culture, the educationist Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar and the poet Michael Modhusudon Dutta, this song sends a direct message to those struggling with existential angst at a time when everything seems so overwhelming. The music hovers in the pop-rock territory, taking a sinister turn near the end. The chorus, however, goes full on orchestral, taking up ambient shades. The central message tying the song is friendship, struggle and brotherhood. Actor Anirban Bhattacharya lends his gravelly voice to Roy’s honey tone, resulting in an interesting potpourri.
Tarader Shesh Tarpon- Shreya Ghoshal, Rupankar Bagchi
Tradition takes a global turn in this song, which is quite different from the usual rubble brought out by the film industry. Veteran singers Rupankar Bagchi and Shreya Ghoshal do fitting justice to these songs about stars and their twinkling which eventually faded out. The song remembers those ‘stars’ amidst humans who lit up everyone’s lives and sparkled but have lost their shine since. Shimmering sounds of instruments like sarod, santoor and tabla find passage in between sounds of the guitar, mandira and other string instruments. It is bound to make the listener wistful and emotional.
Brishti Naamer Sheshe- Paromeita Majumdar
A straight up love song with veiled references to sensuous elements, this song can be a good lead up to a moment of passion between lovers. The urgency in the singer’s voice carries the essence far stronger than the words can convey. One lover has been waiting for her better half for long but cannot wait anymore. The music is hard-hitting rock with a beautiful acoustic guitar solo in Latin style. But the music continues climbing notches with every stanza and chorus, reaching a climactic frenzy which is very much in tune with the theme of the song.
Rating – 8/10
Bhool – Majee Roy
Another love song found its way on to this list but this is about the turbulent side of love, which doesn’t smile, but makes cry. Talking about saving relationships out of love rather than compromise, it is a pleading call to one’s former lover, asking for one more chance and to forgive each other’s mistakes. It is a typical singer-songwriter effort with melodious embellishments through instruments like flute, ghatam, electric guitar and mandolin. The flute solo is out of the world, where the music takes on an eye-opening richness, but at its heart, it’s a simple song.
Hashchhe Bhorer Akash- Aritra Dasgupta
Contemporary Bengali music has a newfound fascination with world music, especially exotic instruments. In this song, which is primarily driven by a distorted electric guitar riff, one finds syncopated riffs on the oud, banjo and mandolin, which though makes it sound rather interesting, doesn’t do much beyond that. The essence is still carried by the traditional rock setup. The singer mixes classical and contemporary inflections as he sings about the struggles about the common man. The soundscape is sombre, which is carried into anguished territories by the brief guitar solo.
The review has been written by – Sashwata Roy Chaudhari