Tagore had a world view of music: Bengal singer

Updated: Oct 09, 2013, 18:04 PM IST

Kolkata: Hinting that the bard`s `Mane Na Mane Na` had strains similar to Scottish violin pieces, popular band singer Soumitro has said there was no taboo in experimenting with Rabindra Sangeet if that stuck to the right parameters.

"I believe Tagore had been influenced by western classical music. And where was the harm! I am not sure but his soulful `Mane Na Mane Na` had similar echoes in Celtic numbers with violin in the background," the Bhoomi frontman said.

Soumitro, who was speaking after the launch of Dhire Dhire album, inspired by Tagore numbers, said the international feel of Tagore music made it imperative to use western instruments excluding `mandira`.

"If fusion was done in a proper manner there was nothing better than that but I won`t call my initiative as pure fusion," he said.

After `Dhire Dhire`, Robi o Nobin was planning to cut a Nazrul Geeti album.

"The purists are no longer as vocal as they used to be in the past," Upal of another leading band Chandrabindoo, said.