Tagore track reinvented with lounge feel

Kolkata: In the sesquicentennial year of the Bard of Bengal, eminent sitarist Purbayan Chatterjee has reinvented Rabindranath Tagore`s soul-stirring `Charono Dhorite` in his `Sitarscape` album in the backdrop of a lounge feel.

"This will be my tribute to Tagore in my own way and I want to wean back the younger generation to our parampara of Rabindrasangeet with contemporary feel," Purbayan told PTI here, before leaving for the Alchemy Southbank Centre`s festival in Europe.

"All the tracks in this album, including Chorono Dhorite will be easy on the ear of the listener, who will be enjoying music at the lounge or on car stereo way back home after a hard days work, or driving away the work blues at the lounge bar during weekend, with contemporary notes," Purbayan said.

Ask if this had been made more possible with the copyright on Tagore having been relaxed some years back, Purbayan said "we have to stick to the original, and if you listen to the tracks you will realize we have not tinkered with the main song. We cannot. Just we added some other musical elements, to wean away the Gen Y to our own rich musical treasure."

Besides `Chorono Dhorite, the other tracks include Bob Marley`s No Woman, No Cry, the 40th Symphony by Mozart, Waltz In Paradise, Red Rain, Soul mate and Thundering Typhoons, "We have kept Chorono Dhorite at the bottom of the album to have a ringing impression about the song in the listeners mind," Purbayaan, noted for fusing traditional Indian classical notes with contemporary world music affirmed.

"Sitarscape will hopefully cut across the segment that is relatively unexposed to sitar music. The audiences are in treat for some incredible fusions of Indo-western compositions that will help the album giving its recall value," Purbayan said before leaving for Europe to participate in the Alchemy festival with playback star Shankar Mahadevan.

Besides the classics, moulded in contemporary style, there are new renditions of Hindi film melodies like `Sagar Kinare` and `Kya Yeh Pyaar Hai`. "We have also included these two popular Hindi numbers since we wanted to make the album an ecletic mix of all kinds of sounds, from real classic to the peppy, film melodies as it is the appeal of the tracks which counts and their timeless appeal," Purbayan said. He ruled out the notion that by including Tagore`s track with other numbers, the importance of Tagorean `gharana` will be diluted.

`Sitarscape` is a lounge fusion album, launched by EMI Virgin Records at Club 69, exploring an `easy listening sound` which is sitar and there is no way we are trivializing any classical track with the base on sitar. The band has designed the `Dwo`, an instrument called the Doppelganger resembling the Indian Sitar.