“Genda Phool” – Tabla Folk Mix by Bickram Ghosh
The much popular Bengali folk song from the 70’s, Baro Loker Betilo got nationwide popularity in March 2020, when famous rapper Badshah created a remix version of it titled as Genda Phool. Although it generated lots of controversies which got resolved later but one must give credit to the remix song for creating much needed awareness about the original folk song. Following the success of the Hindi remix, music company Sony Music India has released other local versions of the same song like the Pahadi version and the Gujrati version which were also hugely successful. Now before the festive season of Durga Puja, the music company has released its Bengali version titled as Genda Phool- Tabla Folk Mix, collaborating with the hugely talented composer, Tabla player and percussionist Bickram Ghosh.
Although it has been marketed as a remix of Badhshah’s Genda Phool but in true sense the song has came back to its roots as it is originally a Bengali song. Bickram Ghosh seems to be very much aware of that while recreating the song. There are elements of Bangaliyana at the same time he has given enough room for Badshah’s rap showing gratitude to him for giving our local song a nationwide fame. The song opens with traditional Ulu Dhwani followed by the original Bengali lines in the voice of the original creator Ratan Kahar which is followed by the very talented singer Iman Chakraborty. She has sung the most of the song including the additional lines written by Sugata Guha. Her rustic voice has added magic to the already popular song. The rap portions by Badshah from the Hindi version is also there in the song but with a twist. For the first time one can enjoy the jugalbandi of Badshah’s rap with the tabla beats by Bickram Ghosh. The purists may find it objectionable but it sounds very refreshing and interesting.
The video that has been directed by Arindam Sil, features Bickram Ghosh, Ratan Kahar, Iman Chakraborty and Devlina Kumar along with some footage from the Hindi version featuring Badshah and Jacquline Fernandez. In the audio Bickram Ghosh has added many new elements but sadly the video lacks that creativity. It looks almost similar with the Hindi version in term of styling and presentation. Although the traditional Bengali attire is looking much more authentic on Devlina Kumar than Jacquline but still her styling could have been more innovative capturing any other aspect from Bengali culture. Despite of this minor shortcoming both the audio and video is much enjoyable specially in this festive season.