It takes no time for most of us to escape into the vast world of music. A plethora of genres, an endless list of talented artistes just leave music fanatics asking for more. A trend that has been popular for quite some time is where musicians from extremely contrasting backgrounds collaborate. The compositions bring to life the beauty of certain specific regions, be it the instruments, the language or a specific style.
India, too, has its share of gifted lot that believes in expanding their horizons in this field.
Here are a few unconventional artistes from the world of music who have superbly blended the essence of regional elements into their musical compositions.
1. Sneha Khanwalkar
She started out as an intern on the sets of the 2003 film Ishq Vishq. Sneha Khanwalkar is known to travel to hinterlands and actively look for tunes unique to the region. She is known to record raw tunes with local artistes and enhance it with her team of sound mixers and engineers. Tung Tung Baaje from Singh is Bliing and O Womaniya from Gangs of Wasseypur are some of her quirky creations. The latter is sung by a housewife in Bihar to offer the perfect vibe of the movie.
2. Susmit Sen
Susmit Sen co-founded Indian Ocean – an Indian fusion rock band in 1990. This guitarist may have split from the band quite some time ago but his love for fusion rock is unfazed. He has worked on soundtracks in movies like Black Friday and Peepli Live.
3. Khagen Gogoi x Shankar Mahadevan
Assamese singer Khagen Gogoi collaborated with Shankar Mahadevan to create a fantastic fusion of two songs. One was an Assamese Bihu song Tip Top and the second a Koli folk song sung by fishermen. The lively tunes were combined and recreated exclusively for a popular music show.
4. Tajdar Junaid
You may have heard his soul-soothing composition Ae maati teri, kahaani teri from the Kindle ad. Tajdar Junaid’s musical compositions are famously gripping and mesmerising, all at once. They are known to have the serenity of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan. His creation Dastaan was used in legendary filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s film The President.