Bengali-American Singer-Songwriter Rimi Basu Talks About "Crossing Over": Interview and Audio Songs from Her Bangla-Fusion Album

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[Rimi Basu - The First Rock Diva in Kolkata]Washington, DC, June 11, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Those of us who live in the Washington D.C. area continue to have the pleasure of watching the spectacular rise of the remarkably beautiful young and talented singer Rimi Basu in the United States as well as in the Indian music circuit. In this informal and intimate chat with Arijit Chakraborty, Rimi talks about her career in music, her interests, her recent release of the outstanding fusion album "Crossing Over" (you can listen to the songs along with the interview audio using the player above) and her other projects, including her scintillating new music-video tribute to Michael Jackson which is widely believed to be the first of it's kind by an American woman born to immigrants from Bengal. Do not miss Rimi's extempore and solo singing in this interview of a Nazrulgeeti as well as a number from "Crossing Over" - you will perhaps get a glimpse of her talent from the fact that she naturally sings with beauty, delicacy and aplomb with no accompaniment and little warning that she might have to!

Teaser: Tribute To Michael Jackson by Rimi Basu - Music Video

Rimi is a versatile pop singer and danseuse, and her Bangla fusion album "Crossing Over" was actually completed in Kolkata recently, making an immediate mark on the Bangla music industry. She likes to call herself the first Rock Diva of Kolkata.

The album has some of the very best talent in music and video production in Bengal today, including Dibyendu Mukherji as composer, Chandrani Ganguly as Lyricist, and Rajib Chatterjee as Production Director.  Instrumentalists on the album are also the current leaders in the rock music scene of Kolkata, including Mainak “Bumpy” Nag Chowdhury on bass, Ratul Shankar on percussion, and Vikramjit “Tuki” Banerjee on guitar.

The album features a mileiu of different flavours and spans a range of emotions.  "Nesha Nesha" is a seductive number featuring Rimi rapping for the first time as well as Dibyendu's own vocals; "Phire Jaao" is Rimi's angry and emotional tribute to an ex-lover.  The song "O Sayeba" is a full-on Latin pop song that will make anyone want to Salsa, while the
ballad "Ele Naa" slows down the pace, showing Rimi's versatility.

Rimi exemplifies the modern pop diva. Brought up in USA yet fascinated from childhood by her Indian culture, Rimi has a unique and versatile combination of East and West, giving richness to her personality and her music. As a classical Indian dancer, Rimi focuses on blending different music styles and instruments in her music, making it original and distinctive.

Ever since she was a child, she took an active interest in her culture, beginning her training in Indian classical music and dance from the age of 5. Throughout her academic education, she always kept music and dance as a priority in her life. After graduating from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University, Rimi quit her job in research in New York City to move to India and pursue her training and career in music. Despite gaining admission into full-scholarship medical program in the States and even joining the program for one year, she made the very difficult decision of forfeiting medical school to continue pursuing her passions in music and dance.

Rimi has taken an active role in the North American Bengali community through organizing, emceeing, and performing in regional and national programs, and upholding Bangla culture through singing Rabindra Sangeet and Nazrul Geeti. She feels Bangla the language, its richness and myriad forms of music is yet to travel far and get more popular than ever before.

From all of us here at her home town radio station - three cheers and all the best for our very own Rimi Basu !

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