Root route

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  • Published 2.10.07

Folk songs have been on my mind for some years now. In that respect, Chhata Dhoro is wish-fulfilment,” reads the fine print on the jacket of Lopamudra Mitra’s Puja offering, her first album with Sagarika Music.

The experimental singer — best known for Benimadhab and Mushkil ashaan — made a departure from her gutsy renditions of modern poetry this time around. Instead, she brought alive folk melodies in Chhata Dhoro: a mixed bag of originals like the title track and traditional songs like Mahut bondhu re and Allah megh de.

The album was launched at the Park Street outlet of MusicWorld on Saturday by artist Suvaprasanna. Though stylistically different from her previous adhunik outings, Lopamudra says she is positive about the new album. “I feel a connection with the roots, which is why I made this album,” she said. Was it a difficult task to break away from a mould that has become her forte? “Not really. I enjoyed the experience. The only difficult part was the pronunciation; I had to be really careful,” she smiled.