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Interesting renditions of old songs are always welcome: Fiddlers Green

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Interesting renditions of old songs are always welcome: Fiddlers Green

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Team Radio City caught up with the members of Kolkata-based acoustic world folk jam band, Fiddler's Green for a quick chat, ahead of the last Radio City Freedom Concert scheduled to be held in Kolkata.Read on to find out what mandolin and tenor guitar player Diptanshu Roy, percussionist Ritoban Das and bassist Shamik Chatterjee have to say.Tell us about your latest tribal folk composition 'Shoingey Liboh'Ritoban: Songey liboh is a song from the Manbhum district. It is about the coal workers39 life working in the coal mines of Ranigunj. A simple folk tune that talks about the day-to-day life of a miner and their distresses.Shamik: It39s an old folk song talking about the lives and sufferings of the coal miners from Manbhum, a tribal district from West Bengal, India. The song is in the tribal Manbhumi dialect. It was written by Arun Chatterjee, an urban poet from the area. This version aims at creating a mlange of West African and Bengali tribal music in an organic non - intellectual way.You have indulged in folk music from across the world. What according to you should a folk musician do often? Listen to world music or travel around the world?Diptanshu: A folk musician should gather experiences, both musical and otherwise. And take every opportunity to travel the world. That39s what I believe in. I don39t like the term World Music. What does it really mean? Don39t we all belong to the same world?Ritoban: Listening to music is any musician39s top priority. But for a world folk perspective, travelling also becomes essential as it helps one to explore other cultures and forms.Shamik: Travel. Walk the street. Interact with local people. Eat the food they eat. Try and adapt their culture and habit as much possible. The music always follows.How far do you think has contemporizing good old folk helped in blurring the lines between tradition and modernity?Diptanshu: I try to play what comes naturally to me as a musician. I am not trying very hard to create something modern. In fact my goal as an instrumentalist is always to learn traditional styles as closely as possible, however, partly because of the instrument lineup of our band and partly because of our interest in varied forms of music, the final output of the band sounds very different from what the traditional songs sound like.Ritoban: Reworking folk formats is absolutely desirable. But one has to be sensitive and retain the essential flavors of the roots music.Shamik: Interesting renditions of old songs are always welcome as long as they are appropriately interpreted and carried forward keeping the mood intact. So we don39t try very hard to make it sound different. We just play the song the way it happens naturally and it ends up sounding different.Lastly, what's your take on the 'Sounds of the Soil' initiative by Radio City Freedom Awards 4.0?Diptanshu: It is a great initiative that will promote folk music in its current avatar. I am hoping to see some more traditional bands in it as well.Shamik: Any platform promoting music is always a good thing.Fiddler's Green will be performing at Someplace Else, The Park Kolkata from 8:30 pm onwards on March 2nd, 2017. For more details, click hereTo know about everything that's happening at the Radio City Freedom Awards 4.0, visit our official website.
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