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Sanjeeta Bhattacharya and Tanmaya Bhatnagar Scour New Delhi Bylanes in Tasteful ‘Khoya Sa’ Video

Bhattacharya collaborated with guitarist-producer Aman Sagar on the Hindi ballad

David Britto Feb 25, 2021

New Delhi singer-songwriters Tanmaya Bhatnagar (left) and Sanjeeta Bhattacharya in the video for "Khoya Sa."

When it came to writing and releasing material, New Delhi singer-songwriter Sanjeeta Bhattacharya counts 2020 as her most prolific year. The artist put out three singles; “Watercolour,” “Everything’s Fine?” and “Red.” She says, “I think I fell a little more in love with life itself.”

Now, Bhattacharya has teamed up with guitarist-producer and vocalist Aman Sagar on the Hindi pop-R&B ballad “Khoya Sa,” which marks the first time the singer-songwriter has sung in the language. The musician previously worked with Sagar on “Red.” She says, “When he made me hear a demo of ‘Khoya Sa,’ I was hooked on the first listen.” While the dreamy guitar solo, disco-leaning bass and slinky sitar parts pulled her in, Bhattacharya adds, “The idea was to create something that sounds modern using retro elements.”

According to the singer-songwriter, “Khoya Sa” is a story that revolves around two women living in the 21st century in suburban India who are confused by cultural notions of conventional love. “It’s a theatrical representation of an undeniable attraction,” says Bhattacharya. She adds, “There’s a bit of a chase, uncertainty, obsession and playfulness.” Though the characters in the song are bound by society, their love for each other is what soars free within them. The artists were clear with the song’s meaning from the beginning, keep the message “inclusive, something you can groove to, sing along to and relate to.” Bhattacharya says, “The words Aman wrote are simple and straightforward, which make them memorable.”

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For the track’s accompanying music video – directed by Karan Kapoor and written and edited by Ashish Tripathi – Bhattacharya is seen starring in it alongside fellow singer-songwriter Tanmaya Bhatnagar. The visual brings the song to life as both Bhattacharya and Bhatnagar share subtle romantic moments with one another while also being able to carry the message of the track. Shot in the bylanes and chawls of New Delhi’s Chandni Chowk and Yamuna Ghat, Bhattacharya says, “Through this video, we want to address taboos, break stereotypes and treated it almost like a short film.”

As far as what’s in the pipeline, Bhattacharya informs us that she’s got more collaborations in the works, fresh material of her own to release and is also acting in a short film. She says, “If there’s one thing 2020 taught me, it’s to not take hugs, conversations and the rest of nature for granted.”

Watch the music video for “Khoya Sa” below: