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Ludo Rock Band Hunt Winners Announced; Rock Band ‘Delete’ Makes it to the Top

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The Ludo Rock Band Hunt has finally come to an end with the director team of Q, Nikon and music director Neel Adhikari declaring ‘Delete’ as the winner.  Ludo is the latest film by the director duo Q and Nikon, who made the critically acclaimed and controversial film GANDU.

The Rock Band Hunt was a unique contest that the Ludo team launched to attract the best musical talent in Bengal and give these upcoming groups an opportunity to showcase their music through the film. It saw 76 bands participate, of which 10 bands, based on maximum popularity on various (social) platforms, got an opportunity to move to the second phase of the hunt. Five other directors’ choice bands made it 15 teams to audition for the look test.

Biswarup Roy, vocalist of the winning band ‘Delete’, said, “Extremely thankful to the entire Ludo team for making us a part of this competition.
It means a lot to us and we feel great. We are also thankful to everyone who voted for us in the initial rounds and helped us on our way to the top
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Ludo’s music director Neel Adhikari said, “We were amazed with the passion and talent that all the bands brought into the competition. Finalizing ‘Delete’ was an extremely tough challenge as several other bands presented great music and screen presence.” ‘Delete’ along with the two runners-up – ‘Danpitey’ and ‘Addiction’, will feature in the fantasy- thriller-horror Ludo, in relevant scenes portraying rock bands in the film.

About Ludo:
Ludo is the latest film by the director duo Q and Nikon, who made the critically acclaimed and controversial film GANDU, which was banned from a theatrical release in India but became a cult phenomenon, both in India and across the globe. Q’s films have always found festival and critical appreciation internationally, with BBC calling him the ‘most subversive Indian filmmaker’. His latest film, TASHER DESH, premiered in Rome, and has been received very well.

Nikon is Q’s collaborator and editor, an alumnus of SRFTI and Emily Carr, Vancouver. He has edited TASHER DESH, BISHH and LOVE IN INDIA.

The movie stars the vivacious and beautiful actress Rii, who plays a character yet to be seen on the Indian screens. The film is being produced by Celine Loop.

LUDO is being made under the banner of OverdoseJoint, Q’s production house, a progressive art platform making original films, music and design and is co-produced by Idyabooster and Starfire Movies.

 

 

Kolkata Music Company 55DB Launched; Sudhin Das Gupta’s Son at the Helm of this New Venture

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Soumya Das Gupta, son of legendary music director Sudhin Das Gupta launched a music company named 55 DB at Press Club of Kolkata. Present at the music launch ceremony were music director Surojeet and Subrata Bhattacharya, noted tabla players. Apart from the announcement of the launch of the music company, Soumya Das Gupta also launched their band Crossover’s first world music album called Ripples under the banner.

Speaking at the occasion, Soumya Das Gupta said “Our intention is to promote original material from any corner of the world and concentrate on the quality of such offerings. We look forward to partnerships with established artists of all genres as well as promising individuals and bands. 55 DB would be a one-stop music company where all individual musicians and even bands can get assistance to fulfill their dreams”.

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Subrata Bhattacharya will be collaborating with this banner for the first album. “Ripples is a world music album that combines Hindustani Classical and Indian folk with elements of jazz, blues, rock, flamenco and Western classical music that is easy on ears and to be enjoyed by everyone across the globe”.

Music director and singer Surojeet was present to grace the album launch ceremony. “The aim of this new company is to promote good music, both traditional and modern and that a mix of both without limitations of language, region or country should be appreciated. At a time when music companies are shutting down due to piracy, this is indeed a great step taken by Soumya Das Gupta” said the singer cum music director.

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With the launch of the music company 55DB in the city, more talents will get a platform to showcase their skills and the audience will be exposed to new music genres.

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New Bickram Ghosh Album Tabla Untabla Launched Amidst Popular City Musicians

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India’s leading and renowned tabla maestro Bickram Ghosh recently released his maverick album titled Tabla Untabla- the Adventure of Tablaman at The Stadel. This New Bickram Ghosh Album puts a spin to all kinds of tabla percussion. The album has a unique concept and features different elements of playing the tabla. From new techniques to amazing backdrop- all have been incorporated in the album. Agnimitra Paul, Tanushree Shankar, Shuvaprasanna, Ustad Rashid Ali Khan, Arjun Chakraborty and his wife and Rupam Islam were the celebrities who were present for the album launch.

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“This album is very close to my heart. I have tried to bring in a variety of grooves along with the idiom of the tabla. The deconstruction of the tabla is possible only when one is truly in command of the essential requisites that construct this genre. I am very confident that this album will redefine the playing of tabla and also appeal to all sections of the society” said Bickram Ghosh. The technique of body drum which has been used in this album is new and unique. The tabla maestro who is known for the use of his cheeks for making great music has used different parts of the body to create different sound effects. “The thighs of a person give the most frequency of sound, while the chest has the lowest frequency. This one must know before plunging headlong in this body drum technique” highlighted the tabla player.

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Agnimitra Paul who was present at the music launch ceremony was full of praises for the tabla maestro. She said “I have used his music in my fashion shows but I want to work with him in a proper manner. I am looking forward to the album launch and also to watch his body drum technique”.

Bickram Ghosh got the idea of Tablaman from his son. His son is actually a great fan of the television series for children named Chhota Bheem. He then utilised this idea and created a concept named Tablaman on the lines of Chhota Bheem. Tablaman also has the power to eradicate all problems and bring back normalcy. “Creative people get inspiration from anything and Bickram proves it yet again” said Agnimitra Paul.

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The album takes you through a musical chronicle of 10 tracks featuring the Tabla moves from jamming with loops, Darboukkas, bols and other instruments through an imaginary adventure led by a new superhero – Tablaman. The musical chronicle ends with the sound spirit of Kolkata where Ghosh pays a soulful rhythmic tribute through creating a riveting track of rhythms, all of which are created from using objects from daily Kolkata street life. Temple bells, rickshaw bells, luggage cases, car parts, water containers, cans, utensils, glasses, tea cups, crow caws, cow moos, streetcar sounds – etc create a veritable orchestra coming out of the streets of Kolkata.

Pushing the boundaries of the Tabla repertoire, TABLA UNTABLA album will be releasing on Sony Music.

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‘ Fossils 4 ’ launched by Rupam Islam’s Bangla Band Fossils; Digital Media at the helm in promoting the new Rock album

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City Center 2 Rajarhat Kolkata reverberated with the sounds of ‘Joy Rock \m/’ on the evening of October 19th as it played host to the album launch of Bangla Rock Band Fossils’ brand new album ‘Fossils 4’ which was followed by an electrifying live performance by the this highly popular Bangla Rock band.

Before performing for the audience and releasing the album with the fans, a formal press meet was organized wherein the band spoke at length about how and why this album is new and different.

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Fossils 4 has many unique things about it but the two most important aspects that deserve special mention are the facts that the album has been produced by the Band Fossils itself and the copy and publishing rights lie solely with the band and not with any music company and that this album is one of the very first in Bengal to have been first released over the internet via web streaming and then in the form of physical entities as CDs.

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INRECO (Hindustan Records) one of oldest music companies of India that is now at the helm of following and adapting the best of digital mediums for the sale and distribution of music released under their banner is supporting ‘Fossils 4’ for distribution, marketing and manufacturing and it is with their endeavor and efforts that the of web streaming and web launch of the album could be executed so well, further making way for the album’s raging success.

The album ‘Fossils 4’ has eight songs of which one is an instrumental track and the music treatment for the entire album has primarily been kept organic so that the audience can get the feel of the electrifying live performances that they can so well connect to, especially in the case of Fossils. Along with all its other novelties, Fossils 4 has made yet another breakthrough in experimenting with the basic elements of creativity by designing and creating the album cover using pictures taken from the iPhone of a Band member during their various tours and concerts. The lyrics of the songs as Rupam Islam says, is for ‘humans only’ and should not be classified or grouped under any age group, nation or genre. The band only hopes that their fans and listeners will derive nothing but sheer untamed pleasure out of the audio tracks of this album. Rupam Islam’s personal favorite in the album however is a song titled “Bandor”.

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After the brief interaction with the press it was time for some real action and the band wasted no time in taking the stage that was eagerly waiting for them in the premises of City Center 2. Rupam Islam, who knows the art of connecting with his fans well, called upon new bands like Blood, Addiction, Calcutta Blues and such others who had come to witness the show to share the stage with Fossils and present the album Fossils 4 to the fans and audience. Following this brief round of formality the show or precisely the ‘music madness’ continued in full swing with Fossils belting out one hit after the other.

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Having witnessed the site at the concert arena, Rupam Islam’s claims of this album hitting a record high in terms of appreciations did not in any way seem to be an exaggeration. With the kind of response ‘Fossils 4’ is receiving after having adopted the ways of the web media the future of the music industry is definitely looking bright and now there are more reasons to celebrate the power of music than to lament over the closure of Music World Kolkata.

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Fossils 4 Music Album launch and Live Performance, Kolkata (You Tube)