Kolkata: Epitomising the golden era of Kolkata's Park Street, a jazz music video has been dedicated to the famous thoroughfare of the metropolis.
To be released during the Park Street Christmas Festival on December 25, the memorabilia album called 'Park Street: A Living Ballad' has been composed by Grammy Award-nominated musician Louiz Banks.
Produced by residents of Park Street under the forum of Society for Park Street Rejuvenation Kolkata (SPARK), the eight-minute-long video takes viewers down a nostalgic memory lane with the song 'Keep Dreaming on'.
Capturing the myriad essence of the street by presenting its heritage structures, entertainment centres and the old-world charm of Park Street cemetery, the music video is directed by Supriyo Nandy, who is the secretary of SPARK.
It also tells the tale of Carlton Kito, the famous jazz guitarist who has grown old performing in the Park Street circuit. The lyrics in Bengali and English are sung by Somlata Acharya, Thomson Andrews and Laura Pintoo. "To me jazz is the sound of Park Street," said composer Louiz Banks at the pre-launch function.
The video goes beyond the tangible realms of the street, tracing its genesis and exploring the immense possibilities of the street and subsequently opening its window to the world.
"The cycle of the song revolves around the quintessential emotional appeal of life on Park Street morning through night and morning again. The street and its beloved musicians remain the core space and the only space," said Nandy.