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News |  02 Jan 2015 20:30 |  By RnMTeam

Shantanu Moitra, Papon and Srijato give new life to Tagore's poem for 'The Dewarists'

MUMBAI: After creating magic with the Pakistani Sufi singing duo Zeb & Haniya for the first season of 'The Dewarists', National Award winning music composer Shantanu Moitra will weave a spell once again for the fourth season. This time he will be seen with folk singer Angaraag Mahanta, popularly known under his stage name- Papon. Inspired by the works of Rabindranath Tagore, Papon and Moitra will be seen travelling to the mountainous regions of Kashmir in the episode titled 'O Megh'.

'Clouds and Waves', which Moitra had to search hard for, is one of few poems that Tagore had not composed a tune for, and Moitra wanted to compose a tune for it. Also, this is the first poem on this season's 'The Dewarists' to not be in Hindi. The musicians travelled to the scenic region of Gulmarg in Kashmir during a time of fear and unrest to create something beautiful.

"The poem is about a child who suffers self-conflict when he comes to the realisation that if he gives into his curiosity and ventures out to discover the world, he will have to do so at the cost of his mother's warmth. Similarly, were he to choose his mother's warmth and affection, he will miss out on the adventures he could have," said Moitra on the poem. "In the unrest and fear amongst the people of Kashmir because of the bomb blasts and state elections, we were creating something that talks about love. That is optimistically ironic," Moitra further added.

In addition to Papon, Moitra roped in Filmfare Awards East winning lyricist Srijato to help him pay homage to the Nobel laureate. The end result is a song in English and Bengali. "I wanted a poet of today interpreting a poet of yesteryear, and I felt the song should showcase the essence of Tagore in his native tongue too, and Srijato has done a wonderful job of giving Tagore's poem new life," said Moitra.

Since it was decided that they would record the song in Kashmir, Moitra said that Papon's voice, which is "unhooked and earthy", is reminiscent of Kashmir's mountains. The track has organic and simple sounds, and Moitra has used just three instruments for this piece – an acoustic guitar, a double bass and a cello. Moitra also said, "The sound of the track happened while creating the music for it, which is how I actually go about composing." The track also has strong influences from 'baul music', which had a great influence on Rabindranath Tagore's poetry and on his music, popularly known as 'Rabindra Sangeet'.

Moitra recently wrapped up recording his album with Zeb & Haniya, which will soon go into post-production with mixing and editing. "All thanks to 'The Dewarists', it has introduced me to such wonderful and talented people with whom I feel extremely privileged to work. We just finished recording the album," said Moitra.

The fourth episode of 'The Dewarists' called 'O Megh' airs Saturday, 3 January on Pepsi MTV Indies.