Cricket legend Sourav Ganguly released 'Rhythm Express-Music for Dance', an album by Pandit Prodyut Mukherjee, Dona Ganguly, Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt on raga music last week. Pandit Prodyut Mukherjee and Dona Ganguly were present at the launch ceremony. It features Odissi bolbani by Dona Ganguly in her voice for the first time and has been conceptualized by GIMA award-winning musician Pandit Prodyut Mukherjee.
Mukherjee, the winner of the GIMA award for his album, MOODS (2016), released his latest musical venture 'Rhythm Express–Music For Dance' with Ganguly doing the honours at the latter's residence. Interestingly, it features Odissi boltan by noted Odissi exponent Dona Ganguly who lent her voice for the first time to any audio project while the melody has been composed by the Grammy-winning musician Pt Vishwamohan Bhatt. The entire concept and direction of this presentation has been executed by percussion maestro Pt Prodyut Mukherjee. It contains four tracks: Within You, Without You, Rhythm Express, and Pleasure.
The legendary Pt Bhatt hopes that this album shall be as sensational as the GIMA award-winning Rhythm Express Moods. The man behind Rhythm Express, Pt Prodyut Mukherjee was ecstatic for having collaborated with the two fabulous performing artists, Dona Ganguly and Vishwamohan Bhatt, and hopes that the album shall create history across the globe.
The album encompasses a vast spectrum of musical genres ranging from traditional Hindustani classical to South Indian classical notes. Extending beyond the boundaries of India, Rhythm Express offers global musical influences by adapting African, Latin American, Jazz & Blues and traditional western classical notes.
Speaking about his latest collaboration with Dona Ganguly, Mukherjee said, "I wanted to present Indian classical music in a different way which is fusion. Dona ji is by far the best Odissi dancer I have known. No one matches up to her level of perfection when it comes to dancing."
"The idea of Rhythm Express is to promote Indian classical music and reach out to a wider audience," said Dona Ganguly. "It was a new experiment. We have music in our dance routines, so we tried and experimented with Mukherjee's music," added the Odissi exponent.