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Hum along to these folk tunes

Mira is Kolkata duo Arkapravo Mukherjee and Bishwadev Bhaumik’s first album. Apparently, Arko and Dev are the “first new artists” to be signed on with Universal Music Publishing.

music Updated: Aug 07, 2011 13:42 IST
Nikhil Hemrajani

Mira is Kolkata duo Arkapravo Mukherjee and Bishwadev Bhaumik’s first album. Apparently, Arko and Dev are the “first new artists” to be signed on with Universal Music Publishing. The band has already seen something of a cult in Kolkata with their tracks being played on radio through the day. Comprising all of 13 tracks (including two bonus ones) and weighing a bit short of an hour, Mira is a strong effort in terms of its musical theme and consistency. There’s a certain rustic and folk mood to each song regardless of whether it’s a slow number or an all-out anthem. That both Arko and Dev share the vocals and harmonies only adds to Mira’s efficacy.

The opening song, ‘Mira re…’ has a rustic feel that evokes the quiet countryside life. With good percussion and Hindi vocals, you’ll catch yourself humming its tune even if you can’t remember the lines. The carnivalesque ‘Oye rabba…’ is a quirky number with soothing acoustic guitar and a catchy chorus section. Close your eyes and you’ll imagine a fair with merry-go-rounds and pantomimes. With musical harmonies and light-hearted whistling, this track is ideal for a Bollywood flick. Arko and Dev are passionate about their music and this comes across in songs such as ‘Azaadi de waqt se…’ and ‘Ore piya(tu jaane na)…’. Even if you may not like particular tracks (we didn’t care for the 26/11 tribute ‘Yeh haq hamara hain…’), you’ll still be moved by their intensity.

However, the duo’s attempts at singing in English aren’t that convincing. For instance, ‘Sam is on the run…’ a song about capitalism could have been left out altogether. Even the third song in the album ‘Tujhe alvida…’ , which talks about moving out and saying goodbye to the familiar, will make you cringe with its anglicised Hindi accent.

All in all, Mira is a positive debut with a full and resonant sound that’s particular good to listen to on headphones.

What we like
Folk mood, excellent singing and harmonies

What we don’t like
Sam is on the run…’ is largely forgettable