Susmit Sen Chronicles
As the young musicians who are part of Susmit Sen chronicles set out to embellish the number with percussion, base and vocals, I could sense that we were on to a sound that was uniquely different yet carried forward the legacy of numbers like Melancholic Ecstasy, Torrent, Depths Of The Ocean and Wild Epiphany.
Bongingon is not a part of the English dictionary and thankfully, has nothing to do with Bengalis. In fact it means nothing in any language known to me. The name was given a long time back by my brother Amit as he felt that the opening riff of the song sounds like its going bongingon..bongingon..bongingon and so on. Phonetically it almost sounds like a happy journey that continues, which, ironically in my case is very apt. The lyrics of the song (written by Sudheer Rikhari) talks about people's right for their land and therefore in a way it means the right to freedom.
The other thing about Susmit Sen Chronicles is that each one of the musicians are immensely talented and are continuously coming up with new ideas. Working with them truly pushed me to break out of the box!
Nikhil Vasudevan on drums learnt the Mridangam and carried that influence into his drumming. He is also one of the most sought after drummers in Delhi and plays with many bands. These influences along with his training in Carnatic music add a lot of flavor to his percussion.
Varun Gupta is trained in the Tabla in Indian Classical but his complete openness of mind leads him to express through various different instruments in various different styles. He and Nikhil have the capability to compose in terms of melodies and harmonies also, which gives them that extra edge in expression. Nikhil and Varun have constructed the rhythm section of Bongingon without drums. They used Cajun (Latin America), Udoo (middle east), various different shakers and claps.
Anirbhan Ghosh on bass is a perfectionist at heart and is continuously on a learning spree, always craving for an international sound. At present he is travelling through Canada and Spain for attending some music workshops.
Amit Sharma is a pitch perfect classically trained singer. His ability to break out of tradition and delve into harmonies is remarkable. He plays the pianica too and with that a wind instrument came into Chronicles for the first time.
Sudhir Rikhari, is a vocalist is trained in Hindustani Classical and has a background in dramatics. His training adds to a theatrical affect to his singing which leads to a much better expression.
Two pleasant surprises that added extra dimensions to this number were Sudhir’s coming up with the lyrics and accordion maestro Orosz Zoltan from Hungary offering to be a part of the number.
I met Zoltan when a friend invited me to a party in honor of Zoltan he was on a concert tour of India. Zoltan performed a few of his pieces in the party and I was nothing but mesmerized. After which my friend asked me to play something on the guitar. Something made Zoltan decide to come to my studio and he offered to play accordion in Bongingon. I was delighted to say the least. Although the number was already complete, his rendition of the accordion on the existing track has taken the song to another level.
The lyrics of the song are as follows :-
Maati ki bhasha, maati hi jaane
aasman tu apni nazrain jhuka
Dheere dheere dheere dheere
Rag rag main asar karne ko
behta wo lahu hai, maati ka haq lene ko
The next song from the album will be released shortly and the complete album will be released in a very special way in the month of August.
Many thanks to Songdew.com, Young Monk (Piyush Kant and Ayonava Bagchi) and Anupama Bose for their immense support in launching the album.