Saturday, March 22, 2008

Bengali Rock and Fusion Music Attracting Bollywood Music Directors

Bollywood has got a number of talented Bengali actors and actresses so far. Currently, Rani Mukherjee, Rimi Sen, Raima Sen, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bipasha Basu etc. are well-established by their own rights in the industry. Yesteryear stars like Sharmila Tagore, Jaya Bachchan (Bhaduri), Mithun Chakraborty are also hailed from Bengal. Now, it seems that Bengali rock and fusion music are also getting popularity in Bollywood. The music directors of the tinsel town have been using Rabindra Sangeet, the songs of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, for a long time. Now, Bengali rock and fusion music are also entering into the Bollywood music. Composers like Pritam Chakrabarty are bringing the flavor of Bengali rock and fusion music in Bollywood.

The Hindu reported:

"Bangla band music has now become a mainstream entertainment form. We strike a chord with the youth and progressive thinkers. Industry has accepted bands as a genre in itself. It gained recognition in Kolkata in the 90's and now even bollywood has also woken up," says Vikram Banerjee, guitarist of 'Krosswindz', the band which originally released the song, "prithibi ta...", which was later adapted as 'Na jane koi...' in Anurag Basu's 'Gangster'.

"People are enjoying the music and now even many band singers are also singing in Bollywood. For example, Rupam, the lead vocalist of Fossils, a rock band in Kolkata has sung a song for my upcoming film, Jannat," he says.

So, it seems to be good news for the Bengali bands that they are coming under the limelight of the country’s biggest movie industry. This will encourage the Bengali bands to put on more effort on their songs to bring out may more successful rock and fusion music. Now, let us see if this trend of Bengali bands to attract Bollywood goes on in future.