Bengali Folk Song by Oxygen Fusion Band Chennai

We have composed this song to the tunes and the rich melodies of Assamese folk music. Owning a rich heritage of folk music, Assam is indeed home to diverse cultures and ethnic groups, all of which contribute significantly to its musical repertoire. Scholars say that music is more of an emotional expression than intelligence or knowledge. In India, as we move towards the eastern zone, we come across the beauty of nature, the incredible land, a paradise unexplored to a large extent, and so is its music.
Assamese subsistence has been imbued with music. The folk-songs reflect the life style, language and rich culture of the natives. As we explore more into the traditional Assamese folk compositions, we come across the dominance of
pentatonic scales. This probably should have come from the influence that the Chinese and Thai’s had on the Indian state for a long time. Another interesting fact that we found when we first began exploring this genre of music was that the wind instruments pre-dominantly used were more suited or if I could say , were specifically designed to accommodate the pentatonic scales. Take the case of the Banhi (Assamese flute), Gogona and the Pepa (single reed wind instrument); they are structured to specifically suit the descending scales in music. The uniqueness of traditional Assamese folk music is that the tunes are structured in the form of a pyramid, in contrast to the music of rest of the India which is predominantly raga based.

Uthal Puthal Song - Lyrics
Laage re,monei laage re,aalmone brishtii laagere
Uthal putal hui mere Mann mein haai re
Uthal putal hui mere Mann mein haai
Koi samjahain re koi samjahain re,kya hein re
Laage re,monei laage re,aalmone brishtii laagere
Kaun ho tum aanjan se ho tum fir Bhi Mann mein kahi ho tum
Kaun ho tum aanjan se ho tum Mann mein baase ho tum,
Haai kyo yeh mera Mann,Ranga tere hi rang mein,Mann chala yeh Mann,
Haai kyo yeh mere Mann bhara tere hi rang mein,bauraa Mann
Chal chal chal ke hawa haai yeh hawa chal chal chal ke hawa,behke hawa,chal chal
ke hawa pal pal pal kaise kaise yeh chedhe Mujhe,
Mann Mann Mann chala Mann,dhoondhe tujhe Mann Mann Mann chala Mann,aja
Sajjan rahatko tarse jara aja Sajjan
Laage re,monei laage re,aalmone brishtii laagere

About the song:

We got introduced to this style of music by our Guitar player and sound engineer, Bob Phukan who hails from Assam. Even during the first listening of an Assamese folk number, we were mesmerized by the note progressions, the casino online beats and it got us to tap our foot instantaneously. When we decided to compose a number, we thought incorporating lyrics into the basic tune would add value to the style of music. This is in fact a change in the way that we had approached music till then, as we had mostly preferred composing and performing instrumental pieces. Just to deviate a bit from the topic, the Assamese song actually paved way for more songs with vocals. Since then, we
have composed two Blues numbers and we have more coming up in our next album. Back to the topic, a lyric in Assamese is any day a problem for South Indians to sing because of the fact that, to pronounce the lyrics correctly is an
arduous task casino online by itself. So, we decided to do the lyrics in Hindi, by which the essence of Assamese folk music can be conveyed to a majority of music aficionados in India and abroad.

Bob had requested one of his friends Mrs.Ritwika Bhattacharjee, a well-known lyricist, to pen the lyrics for our song. We were so happy to receive the lyrics, as we hadn’t composed and recorded a song in Hindi before. It was pure coincidence that Rasika Shekar, the vocalist and flautist for this song was in town. Though we knew a lot about her prowess in playing the flute, we knew nothing more than the fact that she could sing. So what’s different about the song?

We wanted to retain the flavor of folk, indubitably. So our scope for fusion and improvisations were the background arrangements. We came up with a funky bass line for the song and decided that it would be good if other arrangements
built around it. Hence, if you notice the drums and percussions, would be in line with the bass.

The other elements of the song were incorporated based on the feel and how the song progressed. It underwent much iteration before it came to be the song that it is.

Here is Uthal Puthal from the surreal North East. Incredibly Indian !!!

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K S Ramanaa
K.S.Ramana, a well known Mridangam artist in the Carnatic Music circles and Fusion Music circles, is one of the percussionist known for his aesthetics both while playing and composing songs. His compositions with Band Oxygen has received far reaching responses from all sects of music listeners. With over 22 years of experience in playing the Mridangam, he is an exponent of Konakkol renditions which is a rare and difficult art by itself. With his proficiency in teaching the art form, he has taught many around the globe and is still venturing into new genres of music.

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