Saturday, November 27

Musicians prefer artistic tribute over utensils

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Inspired by Italy, a group of young musicians chose to sing their favourite songs, play drums, ukulele and guitars from their balconies instead of clapping and clanging utensils at the end of the ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday.

Around 11am, Supriyo Dawn posted on Facebook inviting all musicians on his friend list to sing songs and play musical instruments at 5pm to “thank our heroes and fight this crisis together by staying at home”. Soon, there were many others who commented on his post and shared their will to take part in this initiative in self-quarantine.

Dawn, a Khanna resident, played ‘Bella Ciao’, ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon and Bengali song ‘Kotoi rongo dekhi duniyae’ on ukulele and guitar from his balcony. “It is better to sing songs and play musical instruments to pay tribute to our heroes, who are working in these times to save us, instead of clanging utensils,” Dawn said.

Guitarist Abhijit Kundu, a resident of Ultadanga, played ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’ by JS Bach. He said that when he started playing the song on his guitar, neighbours and passersby cheered him to play more. “Italy and other foreign countries have shown us the way. We should follow the government advisories, stay home and spread art to cope with boredom and mental health issues in such a trying time,” Kundu added.

Salt Lake resident Rohan Bakshi, who played drums from his balcony, said, “The idea was to spread art and motivate our neighbours to stay indoors in such a situation. I had asked all my friends, band members in different pockets of the city to pay tribute to the heroes musically, which I feel is a better option than banging utensils.”

Echoing Bakshi, Patuli resident Srija Chakraborty said that music can be a great healer in situations like this. I hope more people stay indoors and take up art and music to get out of boredom.” Chakraborty sang ‘Let it be’ by Beatles while playing the keyboard.
Source: Times of India

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