Rahul Ananda, the leading lyricist, composer and vocals behind folk-fusion band Joler Gaan, mesmerised audience at Dhaka International Folk Festival (DIFF) at the Army Stadium. With DIFF concluding on Saturday, Ananda and Joler Gaan stages a thrilling performance.
The band performed only six of their magnificent numbers including Pakhir Gaan, Bakul Phul, Jhora Patar Gaan, Ai Pagol, Patar Gaan and Chondoni. At the end of their performance, they paved way for the Irish band Niamh Ni Charra with a fusion piece which was the perfect example of East meeting the West.
Recently, Rahul sat with this reporter to talk about the band’s performance in the DIFF and more.
“I intentionally fuse folk tunes and traditional elements in contemporary songs like the song Ai Pagol. The song is about contemporary men but I added a traditional Kirton tune and music to it,” he revealed when discussing how he adds the fusion element to his music.
Rahul also justified why they render patriotic songs such as Dhono dhanno pushpo bhora in their performances. He said: “If you can’t make your audience a part of your creation, can’t make them feel involved; it fails to qualify as a form of art.”
“Personally, I worship beauty and try to do anything that’s beautiful– sometimes using Joler Gaan’s platform, sometimes through my pen and sometimes through theater. My aim is to represent the culture of my country as beautifully and humanely as possible,” he continued while talking about his perception of art and how he practises this artform.
About the fusion piece with Irish Band he added, “Joler Gaan and the Irish Band were able to connect through the universal language of music – that universal language that transcends the barriers of any language.”
“In the country, such large-scale concerts seldom take place. The festival was a welcome move, and quite a successful one at that. It provided a platform for the reunion of souls, an occasion for rejoicing with friends and families all coming together to listen to music,” Rahul’s commented on the first staging of DIFF.
A multi-instrument player, Rahul, is adept in different types of wind instrument and at DIFF, he stunned audiences when he mastered the Shonkho. He blew through this instrument, with the music lasting a couple of minutes, all done using one single breath. Sometimes, he also tries to invent new instruments and one such instrument called “Pagli” was played at the festival.