Kolkata: Two leading exponents of Rabindra Sangeet and Hindustani classical music have come together to cut a unique album on Rabindranath Tagore's 150th birth anniversary.

Named 'Yatra-II', the album featured Srabani Sen, a prominent artiste of Rabindra Sangeet (Tagore Songs), and Kaushiki Deshikan, a leading vocalist of Patiala Gharana.
     
"This is a conversation of music and we, friends of different musical backgrounds and expressions, have come together to continue this conversation," Kaushiki told PTI at the launch of the album.

Srabani said Tagore had already shown the example by seamlessly blending elements from the rich treasure house of Indian classical music with his own his compositions.

"The bard had very effectively picked up elements from ragas like Yaman and Bihag," Srabani, gifted with a mellifluous voice, said.
     
Both the artistes hope audience will appreciate the fusion.

Suvojit Roy, the CEO of Orion Entertainment, which brought out the album series 'Yatra', said the experiment had been tried before by Ustad Rashid Khan and popular singer
Nachiketa (Yatra - 1).

He said while Yatra-2 centred on two best-known female singers, the future Yatra-3 album will consist of instrumentation pieces which would complete the series.

Yatra-2 contains timeless numbers like 'Madhuro Madhuro Dhwoni', 'Tumi Kon Kanoner Ful', 'Boddhu Michhe Raag Koro Na'.

The album has both solos as well as one duet by the two singers.

(Agencies)