Music review of Postmaster (2016) Bangla Movie

By J P Mandal and Asmita Mukherjee, WBRINN (newsdesk.kolkata@washingtonbanglaradio.com)

POSTMASTER (2016) New Bangla Movie Official Poster

Kolkata, May 12 - Srijon Badhan , the  debutant  director of  the  upcoming movie ‘Postmaster’ has also made his mark into music direction with the movie. The music of  the movie  has been  launched recently at a glittering event where it was announced that the music is one of the high points  of the movie.

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The first song “Aye Bodhu Aye “ has been sung in  chorus by four singers namely Anwesha Datta Gupta, Trisha Parui, Debalina Bhattyacharya and Sangita Chakrabarty.  Clearly a song set in the backdrop of  the marriage of a rural girl. Marriage though a joyful occasion has a bit of sorrow for Indian girls. Being too attached to their families, they find it extremely emotional to leave for their  in-laws home after marriage.  This song captures the mood of mixed emotion of the girl and her family with perfection.  The music of this song is dominated by string instruments, mainly  by guitar. Witty insertion of sitar and dotara  in the song  won’t go unnoticed.  The lyrics by Srijon Bardhan has been kept simple with no out of the box word to take the focus away from the mood the song has captured. As the song is set in the rural Bengal of  the 70’s, the accent could have been more inclined to the local  language.

“Amai Jodi Mon Debe”, a poem composed by Tagore has been  composed into a song by Srijon Bardhan. It has been sung as a duet by Anwesha Datta Gupta and Samantak Sinha. The song has been sung with a modern day approach which seems to be quite experimental while dealing with the lyrics of Tagore.  Opinion may vary about the use of western percussion in Rabindra Sangeet, but it has given an entirely  new dimension to the song. The newbie music director has shown a knack of re-constructing genres of songs indeed.

“Tomay gaan Sonabo “, another Rabindra Sangeet from the album is a solo by Anwesha Datta Gupta. It is one of the most soothing songs of the album. The use of sitar and shehnai brings in that old world feel. Absolutely no apparent experiment  has been done with this one and has been allowed to bloom into a melodious treat as Tagore songs always do. The same goes for “Dui hridoyer Nodi “ sung by Trisha Parui and Joy Bhattyacharya. The extensive use of shehnai in the song “Dui hridoyer nodi” makes it a nominee for the ‘Bengali marriage song of the year’. Many would not count the long pauses in the song as a merit.

The baul song “Rongila Naiya” by Dibakar Das Baul is an absolute treat to folk music lovers. Dibakar has done justice to it. Baul when sung with such a volume of passion, it just can’t disappoint.

“Kheyar tori”,sung by Malabika Brahma is another experimental song from the album. This song of the fusion genre has been designed to attract audience of all age groups and will live up to the expectation for sure.

Srijon Bardhan too has lent his voice in a song. This last song of the album ‘Pakhi kokhon ure jai’ is a sadistic Baul song which required a mastery of voice modulation. As a new comer Srijon may be awarded pass marks in that area.The lyrics has been composed by Lalon Fakir, the master of the genre. The use of minimal musical instruments and sticking to flute and dotara has gone well with the song making it engaging.