New Delhi: Percussionist Bickram Ghosh, classical vocalists Ustad Rashid Khan and Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty have collaborated on a new version of Vande Mataram to be released this Independence Day.

Bickram, known for his work in fusion music, has given his signature mould to the National song penned by Bankimchandra Chatterji.
"I was working on the song for a Bengali programme next year, when it struck me that we could release something for this Independence Day," Bickram told a news agency.

"And with great classical singers like Rashid and Ajoy da on board, everything fell into place," he added.

The Kolkata-based tabla player said the new edition of the song is characterized by a different melody he has composed.

"This song's melody is different from the original one composed about a hundred years ago; the sound and the emotive content are different. Though I am known for my work as a percussionist, this version has a very evocative melody," said Bickram.

The track will be released by Sony through a function on Monday. "It will be available on a variety of platforms eventually, including internet downloads and a single track CD," said Bickram.

(Agencies)