Percussionist Bickram Ghosh,classical vocalists Ustad Rashid Khan and Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty have collaborated on a new version of ‘Vande Mataram’ to be released this Independence Day.
Bickram,known for his work in fusion music,has given his signature mould to the National song penned by Bankimchandra Chatterji.
I was working on the song for a Bengali programme next year,when it struck me that we could release something for this Independence Day, said Bickram.
And with great classical singers like Rashid and Ajoy da on board,everything fell into place, he added.
The Kolkata-based tabla player said the new edition of the song is characterised by a different melody he has composed.
This song’s melody is different from the original one composed about a hundred years ago; the sound and the emotive content is different. Though I am known for my work as a percussionist,this version has a very evocative melody, said Bickram.
The track will be released by Sony through a function on tomorrow.
It will be available on a variety of platforms eventually,including internet downloads and a single track CD, said Bickram.
Bickram has planned to release the composition on his Facebook wall at the stroke of midnight today.
To avoid plagiarism,it would be done in streaming mode, he said,adding that a whole lot of live-in concerts were lined up in coming months for the public to have a ‘live’ experience which cannot be done through downloads,he said.
I was all for it when Bickram broached the idea first. It was a cathartic experience and this is for the first time I have recorded something like this to commemorate our Independence, said Rashid.
Asked about any comparison with A R Rahman’s ‘Vande Mataram’,Bickram said,There cannot be any comparison. The two are different. Rahman’s piece,to my ears,had Indi-pop and rock elements and was composed about 10 years back. Our endeavour is to recreate the Vande Mataram composed by great writer Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay.
The five-minute rendition has essentially used Indian stringed instruments besides traditional drums like darbuka,said Bickram.