'Raaan'-A tribute to the '90s.
Who speaks about 90's death-they are back and back with a bang! Anjan is here again, with his trademark guiter, raising his voice in an absolute Elton Jhon's style-"I am still standing." This time he is not alone, but with his entire crew-Amyt Dutta, Nandan Bagchi, Lew Hilt, Kabir Suman and behind the wings, his son Nil, who has finely tuned the background music of his new released rock musical-'Ranjana ami ar asbona.'
1990's was perhaps, the most happening decade of Bengali folk-rock music. The pioneer duo, Kabir Suman and Anjan himself, worked together several times in music albums as well as in live concerts. Their few hit ballads are re-visited in this movie. Suman ,as Stanley Bose plays his hit number 'ganwala', (his own version of Bob Dylan's Mr Tumburineman) and Anjan, as Abani Sen, the mentor of the female protagonist Ranjana, plays his own favourites- 'tumi asbe bole', 'bristi' along with the title track 'Ranjana'. Nil has improvised these songs a lot, which brings a new taste in those old wines.
This movie is all about music-a small town girl's story of her 'dream comes true' to be a rockstar. Newcomer Somlata, as the voice of Ranjana, is confident and has style in her voice.It seems that this girl is here to stay. Her 'ekla anek dur' and 'chalo jai' are an average but 'andhakarer pare' is suited very well with the dreams of a budding rocker. Her duet with Anjan- 'brishti' turns out to be a 'Rock- Yugalbandi' between guru-shishya. In this movie, ten songs are used of which, five are absolutely new. In this music era-when infertility of new music is a global phenomenon and Bengali music industry is gradually declining, these songs have braught a new message to the industry.
Anjan himself has sung two new tracks- 'raasta' and 'shabai',the first one is merely a shadow of his old hits but 'shabai' is just awesome!In 'shabai' he says,"ami onno karor haater bhetor akmuttho chhai/ami onno kichhu noi,ami shabai"(I'm a handfull of ashes inside some other's arms /I'm not anything else,i'm everyone).That's the true spirit of the 90's which was more than a music movement,beyond Suman,Anjan and Nachiketa-a rebel rouser!Truely,this music album is a tribute to the '90s.
Nil and Anjan's another achievement is involving city's few biggest rockers in this project-Amyt dutta and Lew hilt in guiter,Nandan bagchi(of 'heap pocket'
) in drums.It was a civic duty to bring them out from the park street's elite audience and introducing them with the wider section of bengali music lovers.Bengali film music and it's audience,both are enriched.
'Raaan's most outstanding number is 'Jagorone'-a popular Tagore song sung by Somlata, Suman and Anjan. In this 150'th year of Tagores birth anniversary, this kind of experimentation is always welcome. It has reached a certain height. A 'must listen' for all the Tagore-devotees.
Finally, the most significant part of this musical lies elsewhere. In the global music scenario, we see great oldies are still rocking-Paul Simon, Elton John or Bob Dylan-all in their sixties. Kolkata is not an exception. Anjan and his gang prove again that where the rock music is concerned, age is no bar at all. In every sense, it's a tribute to Bengali rock. Thank you Nil and Anjan.
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