Saturday, October 29, 2005


ny Bengali, especially calcutta kid, these days will identify with what Im talkin about . Its a part of our new sense of respectable identity. Im talking about Bangla bands. I mean, think about it..... these days if you don't listen or proffess to know anything about them or scorn them as wannabe acts and proffess your love only for sophisticated "classical" stuff such as Euro- pop, or only Rolling Stones/Ac/Dc club, you are bound to be called a "tansh goru" behind your back or a anglicised to the largest extent. But if your music repertoire consist of Mohin, fossils, lakkhichara, cactus(yuck!) , chandrabindu, bangla and what not to pepper you dignified taste of Led zepplin, Floyd, mettalica, judas priest etc... you will see that a blooming flame of respect that rises on the faces of our co-youths. This is the respectable identity sense i'm talkining about. Now, I realise that what i just said might raise a huge storm of finger pointers and correctors and you might say that there is nothing wrong in the opinion of bangla ands to be wannabe acts and such like. and i agree on that part. but what i mean to say is that the first situation sort off reeks of lack of appriciation for something that is very much calcutta born. a lover of all things calcutta can appriciate the good and the bad facets of the city. and bangla bands inspite of all their wannabe-ness, has now become an essential part of calcutta culture.
If one sees it from one point of view, Bangla Band music has sort of brought back the bengali youth to listen and pay attention to bengali music again. And that by itself has infused a new life and energy into bengali music and spurring it to go on. Bengali music is not only rabindrasangeet. Bands like Bhoomi, Krosswindz, Kaya, etc has infused new life into bhatiyali and sort of convined us that its not entirely bhat. and the tradition goes on.
The fact that Bangla Band means wannabe-ness power infinity is true to a large extent but we cannot say that we have a dearth of talent or originality. Some bands have very very strong song-writers.... say Rupam of Fossils, Chandril and Anindo of Chandrabindoo. And Wannabes they might be, but all these bands posess a huge amount of musical talent in their extremely good musicians, even though the material might not be very original.
The energy that these bands generate in their programmes are awesome. The fact that before a month or six back , most of the bands only got to promote themselves through the word of mouth, the radio to an extent and only by their music sales, is an amazing phenomenon, that most of kolkata know about these wannabe bengali rockstars and all. For example, In a Fossils concert, you will hardly find an variation in the song line up. Yet they pack crowds in, and are able to hold them in thrall and controll them a bit. It helps that theyare amazing performers too.
No one can deny that Bangla bands are now a really strong part of all things that makes Calcutta, Calcutta. They have emerged from a pseudo-underground movement to being a mainstream calcuttan cultural limb.


At Saturday, October 29, 2005 4:56:00 PM, Blogger satchisgod said...

Oh sure, rock-culture galore! That's why they don't even let Satch wrap up his show!
But yes, I it's better than the remix phenomenon, which's obnoxious at best.

At Saturday, October 29, 2005 5:30:00 PM, Blogger #3tiYo>B_shyo> said...

ever been to a fossils show? go, then talk... and satch was hataoed by police, not the general population.better than remix pheno? anytime, man.

At Saturday, October 29, 2005 11:25:00 PM, Blogger Unjustified Insanity~~ said...

i still prefer Bangla Bandhs :D

At Sunday, October 30, 2005 3:17:00 AM, Blogger Euphoric Dreamer said...

i think bangla bands has become something more of a phenomemnn. Was suprised to the response to the band competetion called band-e-mataram.

At Sunday, October 30, 2005 7:36:00 AM, Blogger the still dancer said...

err..metallica is dignified 'classical' stuff?
O Tempora, O Mores!!

At Sunday, October 30, 2005 3:38:00 PM, Blogger satchisgod said...

Well, technically, **scratching chin**...if you ask why?, I could say, why not?
I mean, some of Met stuff are genuinely "classic" heavy stuff (as in genre-defining) starting right from Four Horsemen to Orion, Turn the Page...bla bla...
I mean, how is Led Zep more "classic" than Metallica anyways?
And Third Rock from the Sun (trityo, ie)...I beg to differ on your stance that the cops and not the audience were responsible, especially from a cultural perspective, the cops are as much as aam junta as any one else...and I'm not even sure whether the cops were solely responsible. I heard that goons and all came and some other shit.
I mean come on - you don't invite someone of that stature and fucking misbehave - and this goes for the whole bloody city as a unit!

At Monday, October 31, 2005 7:14:00 AM, Blogger Shobhik said...

I agree with satchisgod...Satriani is too big for that kind of shit.

At Monday, October 31, 2005 5:09:00 PM, Blogger Decadent_Spectre said...

" For example, In a Fossils concert, you will hardly find an variation in the song line up. Yet they pack crowds in, and are able to hold them in thrall and controll them a bit. It helps that theyare amazing performers too."

"Beggars cant be choosers"

in other words...

There is a boy named Jim,Jim loves chocolate,Jim goes to store but it only has cadbury[repeated in all stores throughout the city he lives in],what does jim do?
either he eats cadbury,or he doesnt eat cadbury[or chocolate]...or he leaves his city for a city which has other stuff...or he makes his own chocolate[no please dont mention anal chocolate]...i mean real chocolate

thank you and good night

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At Wednesday, December 28, 2005 10:38:00 AM, Blogger gan pagol said...

leave your candy at home and concentrate on bangla gan - even when the bands play the same songs...oh Lakkhichara is a great example of talent factory

At Monday, March 05, 2007 7:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work »


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