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Coke Studio Bangla Season 2 opener Murir Tin pays tribute to regional dialects

The peppy number features young musicians Riad Hasan, Towfique Ahmed and Pollob

Agnivo Niyogi Calcutta Published 15.02.23, 12:27 PM
Murir Tin refers to the clunky local buses that used to roam the streets of Bangladesh in the 1980s

Murir Tin refers to the clunky local buses that used to roam the streets of Bangladesh in the 1980s Coke Studio Bangla/YouTube

The second season of Coke Studio Bangla, the Bangladesh edition of Coca-Cola's international music platform, began with a peppy song — Murir Tin — performed by young musicians Riad Hasan, Towfique Ahmed and Pollob on Tuesday.

Written and composed by Riad Hasan, the energetic number pays homage to local dialects of Sylhet, Khulna and Chittagong. It evokes the nostalgia of the clunky local buses that used to roam the streets of Bangladesh in the 1980s. These buses were widely referred to as Murir Tin for the rattling sound they made. Pollob has rapped in the song in Sylheti dialect and Towfique in Khulna dialect.

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With its country music vibes, the new song seeks to express the emotions of young people stuck in traffic on these buses. Keeping with the theme, a giant colourful bus was constructed on the sets of Coke Studio Bangla to visually capture the feel of travelling in a crowded bus.

The soundscape of the song was enriched by Shuvendu Das Shuvo’s mandolin, Maesha Marium’s harmonica and Kabil Mia’s trumpet. Rahin Haider and Sayonton Mangsang on the saxophone, Apurba Mufasa on the trombone, and Md. Mobarak Hossain on the percussion infused the song with a sprightly vigour.

Shayan Chowdhury Arnob, who has curated and produced the song, said the idea behind starting the second season of Coke Studio Bangla with the song was to celebrate the diversity of Bengali dialects. “February is the month of language. Just like the Bengali language unites us, the diversity of its local dialects enriches us,” he wrote on Facebook.

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