Joys Abound - Anandi Bhattacharya
 
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Joys Abound - Anandi Bhattacharya

Riverboat Records [ Release Date: 27 July 2018 ]

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Joys abound introduces the golden voice of Anandi Bhattacharya on a contemporary exploration of her musical roots. With sublime accompaniment by her father Debashish and other leading instrumentalists, Anandi’s outward-looking approach imbues Joys Abound with real musical wisdom which belies her years.

In the words of Anandi Bhattacharya, her debut international album release Joys Abound ‘is about knowing happiness without restraints’. From the opening joyous invocation to Lord Ganesh to the celebration of colours of the various cultures of the world, the album carries a celebratory and positive message throughout, as Anandi’s remarkable voice explores her traditional roots within a modern setting.

Being the daughter of the great Hindustani slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, Anandi has been surrounded by music since birth and recalls how having ‘breathed in music from every room in the house was a blessing’. Although steeped in the Indian classical tradition from an early age, Anandi was never encouraged to be a purest by her father and Guru and explains how ‘they never condemned a genre to elucidate the exquisiteness of another’. This philosophy paved the way for Anandi’s deepest regard for fusion, and consequently Joys Abound shows a truly modern approach to tradition deeply influenced by other musical genres. As Anandi puts it ‘the album is light-hearted but carries the true essence of ragas and their moods and evokes a sense of familiarity amidst uncharted waters’. Along with folk songs of Rajasthan and Bengal and a beautiful piece by Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, the album includes original compositions by her father Debashish Bhattacharya and Carola Ortiz and features dextrous and sympathetic accompaniment by Anandi’s uncle Subhasis, one of the world’s foremost tabla players.

Along with the towering influence of her father and other legend ary Indian musicians such as Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar and Lata Mangeshkar, Anandi sites influences as diverse as Thom Yorke, Ella Fitzgerald and Joni Mitchell. This outward looking approach coupled with the years of dedication and nurturing of her voice, when she also trained under the renowned Indian female singer Vidushi Shubhra Guha, allows Anandi to explore new musical directions with grounded musical excellence. Listening to Joys Abound one gets a true sense of how her incredible tone and timbre allows her to convey the full gamut of emotions and expressions as it conjures up the flavours of a Raj asthani monsoon in ‘A Pluviophile’s Dance’ and beautifully captures childhood nostalgia in ‘Maya’s Dream’.

For the musical philosophy at the very heart of the album, Anandi is very much indebted to the incredible experience of performing with her father and uncle on the global stage and th e exposure this has given her to so many different countries and their music, summed up beautifully by Anandi herself ‘I do not believe that I was meant to imbibe my own culture alone, I think for me, finding my sound with all that I love to hear an d all that churns within me is my path forward’. This outwardlooking approach imbues Joys Abound with real musical wisdom which belies her years.

 

JOYS ABOUND - REVIEW

http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2018/06/joys-abound-introduces-the-golden-voice-of-anandi-bhattacharya/

JOYS ABOUND INTRODUCES THE GOLDEN VOICE OF ANANDI BHATTACHARYA

by Alex Gallacher 6 June, 2018

Anandi Bhattacharya is the daughter of the legendary Hindustani slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya and on 27 July, Riverboat Records will release her debut international album Joys Abound.

In her own words Joys Abound “is about knowing happiness without restraints”. From the opening joyous invocation to Lord Ganesh to the celebration of colours of the various cultures of the world, the album carries a celebratory and positive message throughout, as Anandi’s remarkable voice explores her traditional roots within a modern setting.

Joys Abound is a contemporary exploration of her musical roots. With sublime accompaniment by her father Debashish and other leading instrumentalists, Anandi’s outward-looking approach imbues Joys Abound with real musical wisdom which belies her years.

Anandi has been surrounded by music since birth and recalls how having ‘breathed in music from every room in the house was a blessing’. Although steeped in the Indian classical tradition from an early age, Anandi was never encouraged to be a purest by her father and Guru and explains how ‘they never condemned a genre to elucidate the exquisiteness of another’. This philosophy paved the way for Anandi’s deepest regard for fusion, and consequently, Joys Abound shows a truly modern approach to tradition deeply influenced by other musical genres. As Anandi puts it ‘the album is light-hearted but carries the true essence of ragas and their moods and evokes a sense of familiarity amidst uncharted waters’. Along with folk songs of Rajasthan and Bengal and a beautiful piece by Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, the album includes original compositions by her father Debashish Bhattacharya and Carola Ortiz and features dextrous and sympathetic accompaniment by Anandi’s uncle Subhasis, one of the world’s foremost tabla players.

Along with the towering influence of her father and other legendary Indian musicians such as Ali Akbar Khan, Ravi Shankar and Lata Mangeshkar, Anandi sites influences as diverse as Thom Yorke, Ella Fitzgerald and Joni Mitchell. This outward-looking approach coupled with the years of dedication and nurturing of her voice, when she also trained under the renowned Indian female singer Vidushi Shubhra Guha, allows Anandi to explore new musical directions with grounded musical excellence.

Listening to Joys Abound one gets a true sense of how her incredible tone and timbre allows her to convey the full gamut of emotions and expressions as it conjures up the flavours of a Rajasthani monsoon in ‘A Pluviophile’s Dance’ and beautifully captures childhood nostalgia in ‘Maya’s Dream’.

For the musical philosophy at the very heart of the album, Anandi is very much indebted to the incredible experience of performing with her father and uncle on the global stage and the exposure this has given her to so many different countries and their music, summed up beautifully by Anandi herself ‘I do not believe that I was meant to imbibe my own culture alone, I think for me, finding my sound with all that I love to hear and all that churns within me is my path forward’. This outward-looking approach imbues Joys Abound with real musical wisdom which belies her years.

Joys Abound is released on 27 July 2018 via Riverboat Records.

 

JOYS ABOUND - REVIEW

Evening Standard London - Joys Abound -  Review

Anandi Bhattacharya - Joys Abound (Riverboat Records)

5 Star Review

by Simon Broughton, 3rd August, 2018.

ANANDI Bhattacharya is a young singer in her early 20s based in Kolkata. The fact that she is so accomplished on this debut album is less of a surprise when you discover her father is the acclaimed slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, who appears on various slide guitars. Her uncle Subhasis Bhattacharjee also appears on tabla, but it’s the way she expands her palette with the sultry clarinet of Carola ortiz on Maya’s Dream and the piano of Avik Ganguly on What My Heart Desires that impresses. What we have here is a debut packed with potential but absolutely beautiful in its own right.

 

JOYS ABOUND - REVIEW

Financial Times - Joys Abound -  Review

Anandi Bhattacharya: Joys Abound — ‘a family affair’

The collection features a smouldering clarinet section and the artist’s oneiric vocalisation

by David Honigmann July 20, 2018

Anandi Bhattacharya was first heard outside India on Beyond the Ragasphere, an Indo-fusion workout by her father, the acclaimed slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya. Her solo album is in part a family affair, with her father taking the lead on chaturangui (a slide guitar of his own invention with some of the sonority of a sitar) and its electric equivalent throughout, and her uncle Subhasis on tabla, percussion and djembe. But the sound world is opened up, primarily by the Catalan musician Carola Ortiz, who composed one song and provides sinuous clarinet under arrangement of Legendary Slide guitarist composer and producer of this Album Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. Tapas Roy, a fixture on Bollywood soundtracks, fills out the sting sound with rubab, oud and dotara. It opens with “Jai Ganesh”, a chanted invocation to the elephant god with cracking mridangam (the characteristic double-headed drum of South India). “Amaro Porano Jaha Chay”, a setting of a poem by Rabindranath Tagore, unweaves through dabs of piano and wisps of chatarangui. “If you are not happy”, sings Bhattacharya, “go and search for happiness/I have you in my heart/ and desire nothing more”. The Rajasthan monsoon is celebrated on “A Pluviophile’s Dance”, Ratul Shankar knocking out a storm of percussion while a troupe of folk musicians from Jodhpur whip up a dance and Bhattacharya’s voice trips between the raindrops. Ortiz comes to the fore on the nostalgic “Maya’s Dream”, playing a deep, syncopated clarinet line over low tabla beats, country-styled slide work and Bhattacharya’s high, oneiric vocalisation. She composes “Flor de Puja (Flowers of Rain)”, which opens with Spanish guitar flourishes and chaturangui woozy with vibrato, and shares vocals with Bhattacharya. Broken chords from the guitar hang suspended in space before a delicate repeated pattern, like an Iberian nursery rhyme, takes over, the women singing in a near hum. The final Spanish song, “Migration of Colours (Bulería Meets Holi)” celebrates the Hindu festival of colours with a slow-burning introduction, including a smouldering clarinet section from Ortiz that segues abruptly into a fast Flamenco rhythm, Roy duelling with Debashish Bhattacharya as Anandi sings, nailed down with handclaps and mouth percussion.

The closing “Radha Enraptured (Soi Lo)” finishes the record back in the Hindu pantheon (Radha was a mortal lover of Krishna). Bhattacharya sings, blissed out, as her father plays short repeated phrases and the music drifts away into another dimension.

 

JOYS ABOUND - REVIEW

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/aug/05/anandi-bhattacharya-joys-abound-review-refreshing-debut

Anandi Bhattacharya: Joys Abound review – a refreshing debut

4 star image

by Neil Spencer, Sunday 5 August, 2018

Indian music, like country, is keen on dynasties. This debut from the daughter of renowned guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya is very much a family affair, with dad producing, playing and co-composing, and uncle Subhasis on tablas, all in service to Anandi’s startling, soaring vocals. The 22-year-old is “no purist” and numbers Radiohead, Ella and Joni among her favourites, though such influences are hard to locate here. Mostly, Joys Abound pays homage to classical Indian tradition, mixing in Iberian flourishes, a Rajasthani folk song, and a poem by the poet and musician Rabindranath Tagore.

A sense of freedom permeates Anandi’s singing, whether she’s chanting a prayer of thanks to elephant deity Ganesh, floating above a tabla storm on In Between Us, or rapping out the syllables on Maya’s Dream. Although classically trained, there’s a touch of Bollywood about Anandi’s delivery. Her father supplies a variety of accompaniments; sitar-like lines on acoustic slide guitar (his own invention), or spikier electric variants. Among the guests is Catalan polymath Carola Ortiz, who plays sonorous clarinet on a couple of tracks, including her own Flor de Puja (Flowers of Rain), a delicate highlight of a refreshing debut.