BLUSH ON by Ipsita Mukherjee - golden oldie Bengali songs get a modern remix sound while preserving their eternal melodies


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Washington DC, Sept 13, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Ipshita Mukherjee has been learning music from a very young age, taking singing lessons in classical, light classical, ghazals and so on. As she grew up, she always had a strong regard and attraction for the golden oldies from the nostalgic period of Bengali and Indian modern and film songs - like most Indians who grew up in the latter part of the last century, Lata Mangeshkar, Hemanta Mukherjee, Manna Dey, Md Rafi and so on have always had a strong appeal to her. She strongly believes it is not possible to sing those evergreen oldies without having learnt Indian classical music first, and it is a mistake to attempt such songs without training in classical.

Ipsita Mukherjee Blush On Bengali Retro Remix Album

Therefore, Ipsita concentrated on training herself in Indian Classical vocals for the last 14 years before attempting to perform the oldies classics only now when she is somewhat confident of doing justice to the eternal compositions.

Her new album Blush On - Evergreen Bangla Retros Remixed released by Purple Music of Kolkata contains 2 songs by Arati Mukherjee, 4 by Asha Bhsole and 1 each by R D Burman and Lata Mangeshkar. Interestingly, the music arrangement for these songs in Ipsita's new album is extremely contemporary - the songs have been reprised and remixed using modern instrumention and electronic influences giving them a fresh new sound. In the age of techno, trance and electronica, this album is an outstanding effort that has been lapped up Kolkata Bangla FM Radio Stations who are playing the songs regularly and frequently.

Ipsita explains in this exclusive and informal interview with Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio about the title of the album. A blusher is used in make up to make beautiful women look more beautiful, she says, and for the same reason she has named the album Blush On to convey a sense of having applied blusers to songs that are timeless to start with, giving them a younger and contemporary touch.

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Ipsita Mukherjee, is a popular and promising singer based out of Kolkata. She is best known for being the finalist of SAREGAMAPA talent hunt show telecasted in ZEE TV for the year 2002 hosted by SHAAN and ETV SA THEKEY SA in 2003 hosted by Nachiketa.

Ipsita was born to a Bengali family in Kolkata, West Bengal and grew up in places like Kolkata, Sonarpur and Silliguri. She belongs to a highly academic and culturally influenced family. Her father is a retired banker and her mother a home maker.

From the age of four Ipsita accompanied her mother on the harmonium. Her parents enrolled her for formal training in Hindustani classical music in Sonarpur under the guidance of her uncle Shri Buddhadev Mukherjee.

She took training in light classical music and pure classical music from eminent musical maestros from Kolkata like Pandit Late Sukumar Mitra, Anjana Nath from Sangeet Research Academy.

Ipsita enriched her musical talent in Geet, Ghazal, Thumri from eminient Ghazal mastero Smt. Kum Kum Bhattacharya.

She also enrolled and is still under training of Indian classical music from one of the legends of Bishnupur Gharana , Pandit Shantanu Bandopadhyay in Kolkata.

Ipsita completed her Graduation from South City College, Kolkata under Calcutta University and PG from Jadavpur University.

Presently Ipsita is a popular singer in Kolkata in the MELODY genre  and has done numerous stage shows. She also is a proficient GHAZAL singer and has performed in a lot of prestigious events of Ghazal.

Even in the short time she has spent so far in the Bengali music arena, her achievements include

  • SAREGAMAPA (Hindi) 2002 FINALIST in ZEE TV
  • SPECIAL PERFORMANCE IN ETV “SA THEKEY SA”
  • Numerous awards on Musical excellence in different local TV shows aired in local TV channels.

Her next album is a Ghazal album with Hindi and Urdu Ghazals, titled JAB ISHQ TUMHE HO JAYEY GA.

Ipsita Mukherjee lives in South Jogendra Gardens in Kolkata and can be reached via e-mail at ipsita.mafoi [at] gmail [dot] com.



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