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Medley of tunes to celebrate Music Day

A virtual duet with Jagjit Singh and Nat King Cole, street musicians from Midnapore to Ranaghat, a brass band, a choir, a tribute to Rituparno Ghosh alongside strains of Tagore, Beatles and Bollywood. The You & I World Music Day Live Concert 2013 presented by Cadbury Dairy Milk in association with t2 at GD Birla Sabhagar on Friday promises to be one big musical jamboree.

In their third year of celebrating the daylong music festival that began in France 31 years ago, the You & I duo of Soumyojit Das on vocals and Sourendro Mullick on piano have arranged for an evening of two hours and 10 acts of music, in all its myriad forms.

The show kicks off with an offbeat launch of their album Tagore &We 2 that the duo recorded with Sunidhi Chauhan, German singer-songwriter Stefan Stoppok and Sraboni Sen. The duo have composed a five-minute celebratory song which sums up the album and highlights the spirit of world music.

“The artistes make special entries on cycle, rickshaw and even a thelagari on the inaugural song. It will be a visual experience. A major focus in the entire programme is stagecraft and an immersive audio-visual journey,” explains Soumyojit who will also sing Shokatore oi and Sunalo sunalo balika from the album accompanied by a performance of kathak.

With Soumyojit accompanying on vocals and Sourendro on piano, a 30-member choir comprising young school and college students will back the different acts. If one of the sections include a concept inspired by Celine Dion’s virtual duet with Frank Sinatra, the duo are about to try the same with Jagjit Singh and Nat King Cole coming alive on a giant screen, live singing and a soundtrack remastered by them.

Four handpicked street musicians — a patua from Midnapore, a kirtaniya from Ranaghat, a flute-selling flautist and a fish-seller who sings Bangla folk — will take centrestage with 10 underprivileged children to perform E ki labonye purno prano. “We’ve come across them during our travels and it is unfortunate how their artistry goes unrecognised. This is our way of giving a platform to their passion,” added Soumyojit.

A special section has been reserved in memory of filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh. “This is special to us because we did a live stage show with Ritu da last September. It was on Tagore and his connection with world music and poetry.” Snapshots of those moments will serve as the backdrop to a medley of compositions from his films.

An unplugged section titled Radio Rain will hark back to R.D. Burman’s popular rain songs on radio like Katra katra and Do naina which will feature artistes like Usha Uthup, Antara Chowdhury and Sukanya. The section on Tagore will blend with Bollywood and Western tunes and feature Somlata Acharyya Chowdhury, Carnatic singer Gayatri and Sourav Mani, who was featured on Coke Studio.

The finale will see 17 artistes, including Srikanto Acharya, Pramita Mallick, Anupam Roy, Rupankar, Paroma and others coming together to sing the magnum opus Mile sur mera tumhara.

“In our third year we hope to cover the entire gamut of entertainment through music,” he signed off. The evening begins at 6.30pm.