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Oikyotaan - Kolonkini Radha
Oikyotaan
Kolonkini Radha
04:54 Min

Release Date: 03/11/2012
Language: Bengali
Publish Date: 24/12/2012

Genre: World / Fusion, Folk

Previously Released
Oikyotaan is a research and performance based platform founded by Bonnie Chakraborty, the sound of which is rooted in the rhythm and melody of folk music. This foundation of sound is created using an equal set of unique components from Folk, Contemporary and Classical music and melding them into an interesting set of arrangements.

Centred around Baul music ( A particularly Indian version of Dervishm, as in fact the proponents of this genre of music are called Darbesh in East India) (Dehawtawtta, Biched, Bhatiyalli, Jhumur, Fakiri, Myanjbhandari and Jaree-Sharee Gaan) from Eastern India (West and East Bengal), the sound concentrates on building lyrical phrases within a layered rhythm of Contemporary, Folk and Classical instruments. Elements of different Folk forms like Mand from Rajasthan; Chaita and Neergun from Bihar; Carnatic Classical from South India are infused together to give birth to a new genre of Global Indian Contemporary Sound and Space, which is very high in spiritual content in terms of the lyrics. The aim is always to transcend the listener as well as the singer to an exalted state of being where one loses oneself to the Almighty in total bliss. The object is love in its purest state…..which is why it not surprising to see the performers routinely go into trances…and send their listeners into raptures too….this genre had a wide audience till even a few decades back even among the urban audience but has been frowned at by a surprising burst of prudery among the Indian middle class who are becoming increasingly politically correct at the cost of a unique art form.

Oikyotaan aims at reaching a space where Folk and Contemporary music complement each other without displacing the essential sound elements and aesthetics of the other.

The group is currently based out of Mumbai, India, with members from Southern and Eastern parts of India. Many of the workshops have been conducted in Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai

'The term Baul is originally derived from the word Vatula, an ancient sage who has a gothra or lineage in the Hindu religion, and is likened to to a wild or restless and unpredictable wind. The Bauls are a type of Mendicant Religious Singers wandering from village to village, celebrating God in their ecstatic songs.

Their iconic patchworked garments (known colloquially as Kantha) symbolize syncretic, eclectic and anti-structural tendencies. Theirs is the authentic voice of the spontaneous communities. Their deep spiritualism is evident from their suspicion of boundaries and their fascination with transcending them. Although today he is a householder.....traditionally he was the renouncer with only the wind as his home'. - Jeanne Openshaw
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Photographer: Telegraph Kolkata
Lyrics
“Kolonkini Radha” is a traditional East Indian (Bhavaiyya) folk melody. The song dwells into the chapters of 'Raas Leela' which is about Radha and Lord Krishna's love play, where she is vulnerable to Krishna's mischievous pranks, who sits on a tree to catch a glimpse of her bathing in the pond below. Her Sakhees or friends advise her to be careful of 'Kanu' or Lord Krishna, lest she acquires the infamous title of 'Kolonkini Radha'. The term Kolonkini has myriad meanings but in this context would mean a wanton woman, thus emphasising a woman’s power over her own urges and the pulls of society’s mores
Press Release
Oikyotaan is a research and performance based platform founded by Bonnie Chakraborty, the sound of which is rooted in the rhythm and melody of folk music. This foundation of sound is created using an equal set of unique components from Folk, Contemporary and Classical music and melding them into an interesting set of arrangements.

Centred around Baul music ( A particularly Indian version of Dervishm, as in fact the proponents of this genre of music are called Darbesh in East India) (Dehawtawtta, Biched, Bhatiyalli, Jhumur, Fakiri, Myanjbhandari and Jaree-Sharee Gaan) from Eastern India (West and East Bengal), the sound concentrates on building lyrical phrases within a layered rhythm of Contemporary, Folk and Classical instruments. Elements of different Folk forms like Mand from Rajasthan; Chaita and Neergun from Bihar; Carnatic Classical from South India are infused together to give birth to a new genre of Global Indian Contemporary Sound and Space, which is very high in spiritual content in terms of the lyrics. The aim is always to transcend the listener as well as the singer to an exalted state of being where one loses oneself to the Almighty in total bliss. The object is love in its purest state…..which is why it not surprising to see the performers routinely go into trances…and send their listeners into raptures too….this genre had a wide audience till even a few decades back even among the urban audience but has been frowned at by a surprising burst of prudery among the Indian middle class who are becoming increasingly politically correct at the cost of a unique art form.

Oikyotaan aims at reaching a space where Folk and Contemporary music complement each other without displacing the essential sound elements and aesthetics of the other.

The group is currently based out of Mumbai, India, with members from Southern and Eastern parts of India. Many of the workshops have been conducted in Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai

'The term Baul is originally derived from the word Vatula, an ancient sage who has a gothra or lineage in the Hindu religion, and is likened to to a wild or restless and unpredictable wind. The Bauls are a type of Mendicant Religious Singers wandering from village to village, celebrating God in their ecstatic songs.

Their iconic patchworked garments (known colloquially as Kantha) symbolize syncretic, eclectic and anti-structural tendencies. Theirs is the authentic voice of the spontaneous communities. Their deep spiritualism is evident from their suspicion of boundaries and their fascination with transcending them. Although today he is a householder.....traditionally he was the renouncer with only the wind as his home'. - Jeanne Openshaw
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Credits
Band Members: Bonnie Chakraborty, Kartick Das Baul,Paul Jacob, Donnan Murray,K.v.Balakrishnan,A.Saravanan, Usri Banerjee, Dwight Pattison, Nirmalya Dey
Lyrics: Mohini Ganguly,Fakir Baidya, Rasul, Goshai Noro,Baul Dijon Das, Traditional & Bonnie Chakraborty
Music Producer: Bonnie Chakraborty & Paul Jacob
Melody / Composer: Traditional & Bonnie Chakraborty
Arrangement: Bonnie Chakraborty
Record Label: Oikyotaan
Recording Studio: Bodhi Records Chennai& Sunshine Music Auroville
Mix: Paul Jacob
Mastering: Bodhi Studios by Paul Jacob
Cover Design: Lucky Vakharia
Photography: Aurelie Chauler & Telegraph Kolkata
Disc Production: Bonnie Chakraborty
Packaging: Bonnie Chakraborty
PR: Bonnie Chakraborty
Marketing: Bonnie Chakraborty
Distibution Company: self & www.oklisten.com
External Link / URL: http://www.oikyotaan.com
External Link / URL: http://www.oklisten.com/oikyotaan
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