Music composer & renowned percussionist and actor Bickram Ghosh’s jouney with Khajoor Pe Atke ‘
After scoring music with Sonu Nigam for director Girish Malik’s National-award winning Bollywood film Jal (2014), tabla maestro and renowned music composer Bickram Ghosh is busy with back to back bollywood projects. His recent released project is Harsh Chayaa’s directorial debut ‘Khajoor Pe Atke ‘where Bickram Ghosh composed the music and the background score . Bickram is also known for his acting and he will be soon sharing the screen space with Actress Chitrangada Singh in the upcoming film ‘Band of Maharajas’. Bickram is now busy with his upcoming project with his friend Sonu Nigam.
The Oscar-nominated percussionist has not only scored four songs for this social drama -Khajoor Pe Atke, which stars Manoj Pahwa, Vinay Pathak, Dolly Ahluwalia and Seema Pahwa, but has also scored the background music.According to the tabla virtuoso, the background music of Khajoor Pe Atke will stand out in the crowd. And he has his reasons. “The live components in the background music stand out from the loop-driven programmed sounds in today’s films,” said the tabla wizard, who has played on “Full Circle”, the album which won sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar a Grammy.
The maestro has blended sarangi, tabla, harmonium, dholak, duff, sitar, shehnai, ektara , dotara, udukka, Kanjeera , moresing, pakhawaj, mridangam, manjeera from Indian sound firmament seamlessly with world music sounds of darboukka, duduk, oboe, mandolin, banjo, guitar, bongos, cahon, udu, shakers, body-drumming, talking drum and many more, in Chhaya’s film.
Yes, the album has Bickram’s signature style written all over it and the musician says the music goes perfectly with the spirit of the film. While Chhaya wrote lyrics for three songs, Kumar wrote for one. In fact, Chhaya also sang a song.
Having composed for 30 feature films so far, some of Bickram’s noteworthy scores include the Mira Nair presented, Sooni Taraporewala directed Little Zizou, Girish Malik’s Jal (co-composer with Sonu Nigam, this film won the duo an Oscar contention for best original score), Arindam Sil’s Bengali hits Byomkesh Pawrbo, Eagoler Chokh and Durga Shohay, for which Bivkram won the West Bengal State award for best music director 2017. He has composed for Bollywood films such as Gumshuda (2010) and Sooper Se Ooper (2013).
Bickram, one of the most popular names in Indo-fusion music scenario, is not the only Bengali working on this film album. Kolkata-based singers Timir Biswas and Ujjaini Mukherjee have lent their voice apart from Divya Kumar and Kalpana Patowary.
Apart from films, in 2012 Bickram had recreated the Indian National song Vande Mataram with 22 of India’s greatest musicians. Bickram has four GIMA (Global Indian Music Award) awards to his credit.
Bickram was the only tabla maestro to perform at the finale of the Commonwealth Games in 2010. He was one of the composers in the opening of the Indian Super League. In 2016, he added another feather in his cap by composing and presenting an extravaganza with 120 artists for the T20 World Cup finale.