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Ready for change, not switchover
- Bhojpuri experiment for Bengali fusion band

Jamshedpur, April 22: After mesmerising the country with their rock, blues, Bengali and folk numbers, Calcutta-based band Krosswindz is all set to take experimentation to a new level.

The band, which has been experimenting with Bengali and Assamese folk music, is now ready to experiment with other contemporary folk styles. Mostly known as a folk rock group, Krosswindz is perhaps the oldest band in the rock circuit of Calcutta.

The band was here to perform at United Club during a Poila Baisakh programme on Saturday. The band comprises Chandrani (vocals), Vikramjit Banerjee (guitar and production) and and Ratanjit Banerjee (keyboard).

Chandrani said although influenced by Bengali and Assamese folk music, she has recently come across some Bhojpuri songs. ?We are a folk rock band though we have tried almost everything else. I recently came across some Bhojpuri songs and would like to work on it,? she said, adding that they are ready to experiment with all kinds of folk music though they concentrate on Bengali and Assamese.

?We did many songs which had both Assamese and Bengali lyrics. The advantage was that we catered to the audience of both cities. At the same time, we are also open to all other folk music,? she said.

While Chandrani is influenced by singers like Purnadas Baul, Prataima Baul and Abida Parveen, Vikramjit is influenced by Jimi Hendrix.

The band has been selected by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations to represent India on overseas musical concerts. The band has also collaborated with reputed international and national artistes on projects.

The band also came out with an English album and are working on another. Band members said it was very difficult to come out with anything else other than Bengali music while based in Calcutta.

The record companies are just not ready to bring out an English album though we are trying our best to do it again, said the members.

At the same time, the band does not have any immediate plans to switchover as done by many other bands. ?Right now we do not have any such plans as our band has a carved out a definite niche in the Bengali circuit. Maybe sometime later we would be able to switchover,? said Chandrani.

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