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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. 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…

If you want to know what your message is, just sing it- Kenny Rogers By now everyone is well aware of the demise of this ingenious country singer, actor, and author and of course who could forget Kenny Rogers’ Roasters (his brand of chicken restaurants in the 1990s) I still remember the first time I came to Guwahati, to visit my grandpa to discover those old hips of him swaying side by side to a musical number. Back then, having a CD player means you are entitled to show it off. So I turned to my uncle and he laughed saying, “No one can stop my dad once Islands in the Stream plays.” Now frankly, if anyone calls me “musically dumb” I wouldn’t mind for I am. But I was a curious kid and I desperately wanted to know what made my usually rigid grandpa sway so much. Also, being…