Gautam Sengupta’s ‘Project Anukriti’ goals to take Carnatic compositions past the South
While taking a stroll sooner or later on the streets of Kolkata final 12 months, Gautam Sengupta heard one thing that made him cease. It was a wonderful music being performed in one of many homes.
“I felt like time had stood still,” recollects the 70-year-old retired professor of linguistics over a cellphone name. “I did not move from there till the song ended.”
When he acquired again dwelling, Gautam instantly switched on his laptop and found that it was younger singer Uthara Unnikrishnan’s rendition of the Annamayya kriti, ‘Bhavayami Gopalabalam’.
That was Gautam’s introduction to Carnatic music. He quickly dived deep to find the style’s many points. Today, he spearheads Project Anukriti, in all probability the primary ever try and translate Carnatic compositions into Hindi with the hope of reaching out to a bigger viewers past the southern States. The first composition, launched just lately on Unnikrishnan’s YouTube channel, options Uthara and Karthick Iyer singing the translated model of the enduring Purandaradasa Kannada composition ‘Jagadoddharana’.
“I had spent three decades in Hyderabad but cannot recall listening to a single Carnatic kriti. I feel music should be freed of the language barrier for a wider appeal.”
Gautam alongwith a number of like-minded folks chooses compositions that lend themselves to translation and works on them. “We break the words into small meaningful units, and then sit down with musicians and people who speak the language the composition is in. It was also important to involve singers since the idea is to be able to sing them in their original tune,” he says.
Project Anukriti is just one song old, but the initiative has drawn flak from some listeners in the South. “We know it’s hard to match up to the original but we only want more people to enjoy these traditional compositions.”
With Uthara and Karthick on board, Gautam hopes to release one song every month. Coming up next are ‘Marugelara O Raghava’ and ‘Krishna Nee Begane’. “A year ago, I did not imagine that I would stumble upon such a treasure. I am delighted to have found it,” says Gautam.
Watch the sequence right here: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=IFyXzl2cOi4