Kolkata: Siddhartha Ray, aka Sidhu, one of the most recognisable voices in the city’s band circuit, is all set to test a new fusion sound in an upcoming show to be held on 22 March, with a new team. He has lined up several talented musicians for the project.
Speaking to RBN, Sidhu said, “The entire idea for this collaborative project came up at a jamming session that I attended during this year’s Basanta Utsav in Santiniketan. I experimented with traditional folk instruments and western music as a fusion form and discovered the sound almost by an accident. A dotara playing the interlude of Jamaica Farewell was an immersive experience.”
Back in the city, the singer wanted to go ahead and hold a formal show with the musicians he jammed on the banks of Kopai. It was then the idea of a live show took off.
The event will highlight the importance of water conservation and a lot of underprivileged children are expected to attend it.
Abhik, who will pitch in with the vocals and play the rhythm guitar, said that it will be a great learning experience for him. “We can learn so much from Sidhuda’s knowledge of international music.”
Sidhu plans to perform songs that are road-themed and the tracks will be connected likewise. “Maybe a Jodi Tor Daak Shune Keu Na Ase will transgress into a Ruk Jana Nahin and then to Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind,” he said, adding that a Nepali song on the same theme will also be included in the show.
“The assortment of songs will be free flowing,” Sidhu said.
Joining Sidhu and Abhik will be Suvendu on bass and backing vocals, Sabyasachi on lead guitar, Sayan on the dotara, Rishi on cajon, and Rajesh on melodica. Pratap Mukherjee is in charge of stringing together the team.
The event is being organised by Save the Children, a nongovernment organisation.