Sixteen years after their Jatra Shuru audio album created history in music, Bangla band Bhoomi has launched their new album on digital media.
Bhoomi frontman and popular Bengali band singer Soumitra told PTI, “With very few shops available for physical CDs all over the world, we have to be adaptive to the present times as any technological evolution is natural.
“We have therefore only brought out very very few CDs for the media, our close friends and for handing over to fans during public shows. These are complimentary ones while Bhoomi will solely cater to the digital media for commercial reasons and for the first time,” he said.
“However so far content of songs are concerned, there had been no change in public taste or appreciation in Bhoomi’s trademark urbanised folk music and it’s core audience. So we are only exploring the new medium but not departing from our signature style,” the Baranday Roddur singer with Surojit and others of the band, said.
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“This new album is a product of people’s demand,” he said. About many members of Bhoomi, one of the most popular Bengali Bands, not being part of the group anymore, he said,
“Yes, from 13 members in our group, only 4 of us are now at hand for this album. But don’t our songs sound the same?” Bhoomi’s long-time member Robin said the album carried the legacy of the first one as “music can’t be like anything else.” (gaan gaaner mato).
“We have to undoubtedly change the format to be in sync with the time as a listener in Africa or Dubai can’t get the cd but a digital store can be everywhere.
“But the soul of our music, basic melody and lyrics remain the same,” he said.
Another popular musician and band Chandrabindoo singer and music director of some recent films, Upal said Bhoomi and other bands should try to find alternative ways to generate revenues. Regretting that albums are not sold these days, Upal said, “all the leading bands here (like Bhoomi, Chandrabindoo, Cactus) need to think about alternative revenue generation through the net immediately.”
Upal also advocated coming together of two bands (Bhoomi, Chandrabindoo) in public platform where “I will render some of the Bhoomi popular hits in my own ‘gayaki’ and Soumitra da will deliver few Chandrabindoo hits. This will give birth to a new tradition which may lead to our association in some forms, almost like new songs with new soundscape,” he said.
The album, first uploaded digitally during Durga Puja, have been received well by both the Bengali diaspora and domestic audience, Soumitra said.
“There are nine songs of myriad subjects – mythology, childhood rhymes, Durga bandana, landscape, apparition and late night online chats in sync with present trends.”