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Sounds on Tagore

music Updated: Aug 06, 2010 01:36 IST
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Tabla maestro and new-age percussionist Bickram Ghosh may have taken a bit of flak from critics for his recent release Electroclassical, but he is unperturbed and is already moving ahead with three more releases.

Ghosh is just waiting for the audience’s reaction as he releases the music of his second Bollywood movie, Gumshuda, in Mumbai today.

Talking to HT City, Ghosh said, “I am working on three albums simultaneously, all unique in their own style.” This month, one will also get to hear a new kind of sound — the music of Rabindranath Tagore in a lounge format, in his album Tagorelounge.

Why Tagore? “The youth today hardly understand Tagore’s music, so I thought to play around with the sound while keeping the composition and the traditional aesthetics intact,” he explains. The styles in this album will include sufi, jazz, blue, pop and heavy electronic.

Another album, Tablasphere, will have his trademark bolscat (mouth percussion) style and tabla played in nine different styles. Ghosh is also excited about his as yet-untitled project with Sonu Niigaam, Greg Ellis and Grammy winner Chaka Khan.

The album will feature taals that musicians have not experimented with before.