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Watch: Antarman’s New Twist to Eastern Folk on ‘Tatar Patar’

The folk-fusion trio of Pooja Shankar, Rahul Mukherjee and Randeep Bhaskar channel baul music on the first release off their recently-released self-titled debut

Rolling Stone India Jul 28, 2016
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Folk fusion trio Antarman establish that they’re equal parts experimental and hackneyed on their debut single “Tatar Patar”. Not that it’s a bad thing””the pan-Indian act comprising Pooja Shankar, Rahul Mukherjee and Randeep Bhaskar seamlessly weave modern rock, electronica and pop elements into Indian folk styles like baul, bhatiyali, sylheti and bihu to create a classically-rooted yet dance-friendly sound.

“Tatar Patar” is Antarman’s first single off their self-titled six-track debut album, which released on July 27th via Times Music. Shot across Kolkata and set against the backdrop of Howrah Bridge, the singers are joined by a merry band of 10 musicians, playing everything from plucked drums to the ektara as well as the standard bass guitar and drum combo. Although some shots recall certain cinematic tropes ”“ a particularly ecstatic Shankar is seen on a boat with luminescent rays around her at the 1:03 mark ”“ the music stays more or less in the realm of uplifting folk music about celebrating love. What would take most by surprise though, is the buildup to a completely dancefloor-friendly electronica closing section.

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