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Musical Conversations amid a Pandemic

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These are difficult times, all we hear around are discussions around COVID-19, quarantine, lockdown, etc. The air is thick with panic and pain but some people, sometimes manage to inject some freshness amid gloom. Shankhuraj & Project Baartalaap have done just that with their new song, Baartalaap.

Baartalaap or conversations sung by singer cum songwriter Shankuraj Konwar and writer/ singer Maitrayee Patar premiered on 7th April and has already garnered over forty-five thousand views on YouTube.

Singer, songwriter Shankuraj Konwar

The song is richly layered with an equally interesting backstory behind its conception. “In 2017, when we were at TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences) Maitrayee and I had the opportunity to sing together on World Disability Day,” says Konwar. This performance lead to many meaningful after college conversations between the two and continues to kindle creativity. “Disability to express our thoughts runs wild in our heads and a conversation is never enough to get it out,” says Maitrayee Patar.

Bartalaap is a result of the deep thoughtful after college discussions. “A song that showcases how we have grown a lot. It will also make people question; are conversations enough to express our innermost thoughts? And is any language enough to channelize it?” says Konwar.

Maitrayee Patar also lends her voice in this new song

The song took four years to achieve because they wanted it to be perfect.

The music is has a raw laid-back vibe, soulful flute solo by Rupankar Das adds magic to the track. Here is the link to the song if you too want to give the song a go.

 

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