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Festive melodies

Statesman News Service |

Be it the glorious days of vinyl records or the current generation of compact discs, interest for the new music releases on the occasion of Durga Puja is still in vogue. Puja songs are an integral part of the grand celebration and releasing Pujor Gaan is a practice of more than 100 years.

It is now known thanks to the database of the Gramophone Company that the concept of puja songs is not an invention of the modern era — almost 17 records were released in 1914 during World War I including those of a few notable artistes from that era like Manadasundari Dasi and K Mullick. Besides that, records on folk music and instrumentasl were also released. Interestingly, a booklet titled Pronomami Durgey featuring song details was published for the first time and that was how Pujor Gaan flagged off. Sharad Arghya booklets featuring song and artiste details also played a great role in promoting new songs. Radio and puja organisers even played songs, which helped many new artistes to get recognition among real music buffs.

Sony DADC has ventured into the Bengali music scene for the first time with two big releases. First has to be Proborton by Miles, the well-known Bangla rock band from Bangladesh — it is their 10th album. The title refers to evolving and changing with time. As for the 10th album of the band, Proborton perfectly portrays Miles’ position in the music scene for keeping Bengali pop and rock music lovers riveted for over three decades. The change that Miles address through the album is creating new sounds of music in sync with global trends. Proborton features four songs — Chai Tomakey, Natun Bhor, Ochena Jeebon and Saved the best of me — each having completely different essences yet keeping the true signature style of Miles at its core. 

Setu is a remarkable and melodious musical collaboration of Madhusmita and famous Bengali singer Nachiketa Chakraborty. Setu consists of eight songs in total and is the first bilingual album from the region featuring five Bengali songs composed and sung by Chakraborty and Madhusmita, and three Assamese songs composed by Jateen Sarmah. Of them Ina Mina Dika, Saradin Por, Raat Bhor and Namlo Sandhya are worth a mention. 

Chandrima Bhattacharya from Assam has come up with her new album, Amar Chokher Ghore featuring two creative souls, Joy Sarkar and Srijato as music composer and lyricist. It consists of six modern songs sounding — numbers like Amar Chokher Ghore, Sokal Theke, Ekta Din and Katle Ghuri are worth a mention. 

Somashree, a trained singer from Delhi, also released her album Ami Sei Meye featuring seven modern songs for which music has been composed by Shameek and Indrajit. Songs like Alshe Howate, Ami Sei Meye, Mon and Janala Khola sound good in her sonorous voice. 

Riddhi Bandyopadhyay is all set to release her new musical venture Bandhu featuring Tagore and Rajanikanta Sen&’s relationship as homage and songs like Prabhu Amaro, Sakha Tomay Paile and Shraboner Dharar Mato stand out. 

Ahin and Ashish are offering their musical gift through Upahaar comprising seven modern songs in which the music is by rendered by talented and gifted composers Joy Sarkar and Jatileswar Mukhopadhya. The album sounds very contemporary and is supported by live instrumentation. 

Avra Banerjee has planned to celebrate the festive times on a different note by releasing seven songs in a starry Hindi ghazal album, Naseem-e-Mausamee: The Monsoon Breeze — from the soft patter of soothing ghazals to the thunderous vibrations of Sufi hams drenching one in the effulgence of the Almighty; from the earthen smell of a lover&’s loss to the intoxicating fragrance of the water dripping from a tavern&’s tin roof. Experience the range of emotions that the monsoons evoke in this collection of songs, rendered by the living legends of music. Composer Banerjee&’s album features singers from Mumbai and Kolkata like Hariharan, Talat Aziz, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Rupankar and Raghab Chatterjee.