23 October, 2020

Bhoomi Is B-Flat

Don't know about Shashi Tharoor, but the UN is all ears for a Bangla rock band

Swapan Nayak
Bhoomi Is B-Flat

Bangla rock group Bhoomi zoomed to fame with its 1999 song, Barandaye roddur, about a man running to answer the doorbell, only to be disappointed time and again since the one he was waiting for didn't come. But when the doorbell rang at its lead singer Surojit Chatterjee's house last month, he certainly wasn't disappointed. In fact, he was jubilant. The postman handed him a letter from the United Nations—an invitation to perform at the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium at the UN headquarters complex in New York! Only three other Indians have received such an honour—M.S. Subbulakshmi, Pandit Ravi Shankar and Lata Mangeshkar.

But perhaps this rare honour was only to be expected—Bhoomi is much more than just a highly successful rock band. It has evolved into a phenomenon and commands a following in Bengal that would be the envy of any music group or singer in the world. Consider this: Debashish Biswas, head of paediatric cardiology at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, recommends Bhoomi songs to calm high-strung kids and...



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