Interview: Composer-Producer Aninda Bose on Bengali Album RIMJHIM feat. Anweshaa & Debanjalee | Bengali MP3 Songs Download

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Washington, DC, July 14, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Aninda Bose is a co-composer and the producer of international Bengali modern songs album "Rimjhim" released under the label of Bihaan Music of Kolkata. Aninda talks to Arijit Chakraborty about the music album, his background and how he came about making Rimjhim with Anweshaa Dutta Gupta and Debanjalee performing the songs.

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ANWESA RIMJHIM BENGALI SONGS AUDIO ALBUM By Anindya BasuLike most Bengalees, Aninda grew up in a music- and creative-arts-rich family. His mother is an ex-artist on All India Radio and his father is a music enthusiast as well as a writer, poet and lyricist. Aninda was thus exposed to a creative environment right from childhood.

Aninda attended Calcutta Boys school where Abraham Mazumder (interview), co-founder of the path-breaking Bengali music group Mohiner Ghoraguli and currently the head of the Kolkata Music Academy, was the music teacher. Aninda learnt to play the violin from Mazumder.

Subsequently, Aninda took lessons in playing North Indian classical instrumental Sitar from Shri Prafulla Kumar Parbat, a student of sitar maestro Pt. Nikhil Banerjee (you might wish to check out this rare Rabindrasangeet album by Pt. Nikhil Banerjee!)

Having an eclectic taste in music, Aninda soon found himself fascinated with the guitar, and learnt to play the guitar as well from Kolkata's Jazz wizard Carlton Kitto (who still leads the Carlton Kitto Ensemble of Kolkata).

Aninda sees Rahul Dev Burman as one of his heroes and role models, and has been heavily influenced by RDB's songs from early on. In fact, he has dedicated his debut album "Rimjhim" to R D Burman.

After migrating to the United States, Aninda is continuing to pursue his diverse interests in music - at present, he his getting hands-on training in sound engineering from guitarist-turned sound engineer Dan Skye (former Bon Jovi bassist). He also pulls out his guitars and jams with a local group and sometimes performs in Bengali cultural events around New Jersey.

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Coming to Rimjhim, Aninda says that the album is named after it's title song, and does not necessarily have rain as a theme. The songs are of various kinds - there are Bangla Band songs, romantic songs, a song that invokes memories of a 1980s Nazia Hussan classics, as well as a song of the seas which Aninda says has been performed spectacularly by Anweshaa.

Anweshaa is the primary singer of Rimjhim. She has performed four songs including the title track and a re-mix of the title song. The re-mix is not the usual re-mix, says Aninda - it is more of an acoustic re-mix where each instrument has been highlighted with voice-overs. Aninda himself has sung in the song "Koto Deen Koto Raat" along with Anweshaa. Debanjalee has performed two songs in the album - "Amar Bhalo Lage" and "Shudhu Gaan" - the first reminiscent of Alisha Chinoy or Nazia Hussan and the second with great Jazz influences. Debanjalee grew up in Tanzania and Zambia, and is a trained western classical pianist who has performed with Indian and American artists in concerts. She has also composed and written a couple of songs in Rimjhim. Incidentally, Debanjalee is the better half of Aninda.

Talking about his future projects, Aninda expresses a keen interest in writing and directing a short film - he has actually started writing the script. He is also seriously considering working on a Hindi album next with the best of Hindi singers from India.

Track-list of the Bengali audio album "Rimjhim":

1. Rim Jhim (Anweshaa)
2. Amar Bhalo Lage (Anweshaa)
3. Chena Ki Ochena (Debanjalee)
4. Koto Deen Koto Raat (Anweshaa, Aninda)
5. Shoptodoshi Ami (Anweshaa)
6. Shudhu Gaan (Debanjalee)
7. Rim Jhim Acoustimass Remix (Anweshaa)

About this interview:

Guest: Aninda Bose, New Jersey, USA
Host: Arijit Chakraborty, Toronto, Canada
Recording, Editing, Article: Supratim Sanyal, Washington DC, USA

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