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Adheko Ghume: Arnob’s tribute to Tagore

Punny Kabir

Cover jacket of Arnob's tagore song album Adhek Ghume.Cover jacket of Arnob's tagore song album Adhek Ghume.

After Arnob’s experimentation on Tagore songs like Majhe majhe tabo dekha pai and Noyon tomare made waves amongst the youngsters as well as the elder audience, the music lovers had high expectation for Adhek Ghume—Arnob’s first full- fledged Tagore song album and the talented musician-composer-vocalist did not fail to surprise his fans by presenting something really different.
Shayan Chowdhury Arnob, popularly known by his nickname, made a distinct position in the music industry for bringing up a fresh taste of traditional music with his own interpretation of fusing eastern and western music. This time, Arnob presented Tagore songs with piano. In the album’s cover, Arnob mentioned: ‘Jyotirindranath Tagore, Rabindranath’s elder brother, encouraged young Rabindranath to write songs. Rabindranath’s journals explain how Jyoti dada would come up with piano structures or patterns based on a fusion of Indian and Western scales.’ This inspiration got its structure in the album by Arnob who grew up in Shantiniketan and had the opportunity to play the piano in Uttarayan where Tagore used to live.
The album offers a total of 12 Tagore songs featuring some popular and also some lesser-known tracks.
With great accompaniment of piano compositions by Eivind Lodemel, the album gives a new sound to the Tagore songs while keeping the originality of the songs’ emotions and tunes. 
With very simplistic piano and vocal works, the soothing beauty of romance is well articulated in the first two songs Phagun Hawai hawai and Adhek ghume. Similar flavour is found in the tracks like Megh bolechhe jabo jabo, Gaaner surer, Ami kan pete roi and few others in which Arnob surprise the listeners as a fine Tagore singer.   
The percussion works in the tracks Ami kan pete roi, Kotha hotey baje and Prochondo gorjoney gives a refreshment while listening to the album. The interesting fusion of piano, Khol and tabla in the songs simply lives up to our expectation from the gifted composer.
The third track, Shawon gagoney, sung by Arnob and Sraboni Ali as a guest artiste, is a complete unusual composition from rest of the tracks. Arnab has experimented with many instruments such as tanpura, esraj, piano, guitar and percussion and the result reminds the idiom ‘too many cooks spoil the broth.’
Besides, the album is a good treat for the Tagore song lovers. Adhek Ghume is the first production of Adhkhana Muzik.




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