Mizzle of Love, an audio album featuring a unique collaboration of a legend, Tarun Bhattacharya and elocutionist, ChandreyeeDutta Guha Roy depicting one of the greatest ever wordsmith of the world in Tagore results in a collection of music and poetry in Mizzle of Love. The epitome of humanity and love, Tagore’s works on Monsoon are depicted in this album.
The maestro has designed the music on Santoor, Keyboard, Flute in Raag Desh emphasizing the monsoon as reflected in the voice of Chandreyee Dutta Guha Roy
Of all the seasons, Varsha ( Monsoon) or the rainy season was a great favourite with Tagore. Varsha was his lover and that is how he saw Varsha. His outpourings of the season captured myriads of its mood and beauty. In some s, he yearned for it waiting anxiously for its arrival, while in some poems and songs he revelled in her beauty. Pitter-patter rains made his heart flutter and sang “my heart dances like a peacock”, some describe the sky filled with cloud, before he goes into stating his philosophy deeply felt philosophy. The album is based on Tagore’s mystic love for monsoon and its splendours which have been rhythmically expressed through Chandreyee’s mellifluous voice and soft tonal quality of Santoor by one India’s greatest living instrumentalists Tarun Bhattacharya depicting Tagore’s tribute to Mother Nature, which is The Almighty. The benevolence of Mother Nature is revealed when the lustreless trees sway back to life in harmony with the monsoon winds. Different aspects and emotions are well portrayed in the images that the poet draws. Sometimes when “clouds heap upon clouds” it appears gloomy and one feels depressed. Melancholia reigns supreme. Often memories come drifting to the mind. These are also the times when one feels the longing for one’s beloved. All these and more is beautifully expressed through the Maestro Taruns’ 100 stringed Santoor and Chandreyee’s vocal rendition.
The imagery that these poems sketch brings out the fervour of the season. Tunes blend well with the images and emotions. Ragas like Miyan Ki Malhar, Megh Malhar and Desh have been mellifluously harmonised with the wordings. In some songs, Baul and Bhatiali impart the deep philosophical essence of life that the season sometimes evokes. Traditional folk tunes add colour to the monsoonal songs.
Monsoon, for Tagore, was not merely a personal experience; it was a symbol of life and nature’s amazing variety; a message that he sought to transmit to his students through various festivals that he incorporated into the academic calendar. It was in these spaces that the familiarity with Nature was rejuvenated; the debt to Prakriti was acknowledged and in simple aesthetic action a sense of beauty was deepened.