Fusion with Odissi bol warms up hearts

It has tune, it has rhythm, it has got a fusion of the East and the West and it reflects various moods that appeal to connoisseurs of music across the world. “Rhythm Express Music for Dance” brought out by Raga Music, is an innovative and experimental music album from famed Odissi exponent Dona Ganguly and GIMA Award winning tabla maestro Prodyut Mukherjee with melody composed by GRAMMY Award winning musician Padma Bhushan Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Little wonder therefore that former Indian skipper and Dona’s husband Saurav Ganguly stepped out of his cricketing crease to unveil and thereby add a dash of flamboyance to the album. "The importance of making music a treat not only to ears but to eyes also can hardly be over emphasized," says the cricketing icon.

“Indian music is gaining increasing acceptance and popularity all over the world. Fusion is a great way of reaching out to a larger audience. But this is the first time someone has attempted and experimented a fusion with Odissi bol. That’s what attracted me and that’s why it was challenging,” says an upbeat Dona. Mukherjee, who conceptualized and designed the entire musical flow, says, “It offers a harmomious blend of musical notes and dance patterns. The album will be sent to 61st GRAMMY AWARDs. But more importantly, we are confident that it will help us reach out to a larger audience.”

Ritwik Mukherjee