Bangla rock band Prithibi launched their fourth studio album titled Jonoheen Rajpath in August. With a rich repository of music produced over more than a decade since its foundation in 2005, the band has forayed into the alternative rock genre in style. Members Koushik (lead vocalist, lyricist, and composer), Gobinda aka Deep (bassist and backing vocals), Deepayan (keyboardist and backing vocals), Arunangshu (guitarist), Aniruddha (drummer, percussionist and backing vocals) and Debangshu (guitarist) gained fame after coming third in Band-E-Mataram in Calcutta back in 2005. Their style blends in genres like classic rock, glam rock from the 1980s and Bengali rock but has finally found solace in the soundscape that’s mainly alternative. They are guided by the principle of “Kotha kom kaaj beshi” a Bangla proverb that actually highlights the perks of being active instead of being boastful. And we must say that their journey fraught with hardships has turned positive.
The six-track EP mixed and mastered by Keshav Dhar was released this August at Rabindra Bhavan in Dum Dum and the launch was attended by many well-known faces in the music industry like Pt. Ranajit Sengupta (sarod player), Shilajit, Somlata and the Aces among others. The album documents the physical struggles of the bandmates and how they finally emerged victorious. Snapshots:
"A large crowd gathered to celebrate an album by Prithibi. It was much needed. It's more like talking with music and I loved Jonoheen Rajpath," said Shilajit.
"So many people arrived for the launch. In the era of singles, they produced an album and that's superb! The soundscape, lyrics, and arrangement were so enjoyable," said Somlata.
“Music is not about reaching a milestone. It is the journey, the struggle,” said Pandit Ranajit Sengupta, sarod player.