Interview: LOPAMUDRA MITRA talks about latest Bengali Audio Songs Album MONFAKIRA (Soulmate) Released As MP3 Download By WBRi

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MON FOKIRA - Lopamudra MitraWashington DC, Jan 19, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Acclaimed Bengali singer Lopamudra Mitra from Kolkata has released her 2nd audio album titled MON FAKIRA (Soulmate) via ORION Entertainment. MONFAKIRA is available in high-quality MP3 Download format from WBRi Online Digital Download Store >

Lopamudra gave us a few minutes of her time for this informal chit-chat with Arijit Chakraborty. She talks about there being eight songs in the album, all but one of which are popular Bengali traditional folk songs. The remaining one is the famous song Ghate Lagaiya Dinga written by Mira Dev Burman and performed originally by the great Sachin Dev Burman. Do not miss Lopamudra's singing during the course of the conversation !

Lopamudra shares with us the reason for the title of the album - all artists have a fakir/baul persona embedded deep inside their hearts, though not necessarily deeply entrenched in fakir and baul philosophies and ways in life. Particularly for an artist like Lopamudra who has grown up and lives in a metropolitan urban environment, the Baul inside her is more of a feeling - which Lopamudra captures in the selection of the songs as well as their performance. The songs are about love, friendship and Baul philosophical values, and Lopamudra talks about how she could clearly feel closer to her roots while singing these songs now more than she ever did previosuly.

There is a spiritual aspect of our daily lives, and with age and experience Lopamudra is getting really drawn into the peaceful harmony offered by assimilation of the ways of the bauls into her life, in the form of songs or otherwise.

Lopamudra had selected the songs and was wondering who to ask to direct the music. She chose Indradeep Dasgupta because the young music arranger and director has a reputation for originality. Indradeep has come up with an innovative and to some extent experimental  music arrangements, using instruments and sequences that have probably never been used in Bengali folk songs before. The young Sitar maestro Purbayan Chatterjee (WBRi exclusive interview) has added to the uniqueness, as have Debsankar Roy and Jyotisankar Roy on the Violin, Mainak "Bumpy" Nag Chowdhury on the guitar and so on.

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