Star in the making
Dhritiman Deori recently released his debut album, Mon Akax, at a simple party in the city. And judging by the songs in the album, all I would say is that a new star is in the making. The well-produced album, which features some prominent musicians of the region, speaks volumes about Dhriti’s musical acumen.
Dhriti’s music is a mellifluous blend of musical genres that is deeply rooted and inspired by nature. A pioneer of sorts in alternative music in the region, his is a soothing blend of lounge and Indian classical that is sprinkled with elements of folk music forms. The album begins with the peppy Faguni Botah, which catches on to you instantly. The track, interestingly, has Shillong-based musician Keith Wallang on the Blues Harp and it was a sheer delight to see the harp being used in a contemporary Assamese music album. An assortment of other instruments has been beautifully used to create a sound that is definitely original and rooted in maturity. While songs like Nixar Endhaar proves Dhriti’s prowess as a vocalist, one of my favourite tracks in the album would be Xur aru Xura.
Dhritiman Deuri comes from a family of music lovers and practitioners. His training in Indian classical music took place when he was only ten years old. The seeds of music that were planted then has continued to grow throughout and has germinated in the form of Mon Akax. Dhriti’s growth as a musician has been a long process of practice and exploration, whereby he assimilated the best of all that he encountered. From stints in SAE, Chennai, where he got his Audio Engineering Degree, to a year-long sojourn in Varanasi, Dhriti has built up on his passion by learning and sharing. Dhriti recollects, “My experience in Varanasi was crucial to my understanding of the nuances of various folk, classical and contemporary genres of music, and eventually the kind of music I would be composing later on.”
Dhriti was recently featured in Rudy Maxa’s World, a television show in the US, where he performed two tracks from his debut album. He was also featured in BBC World’s Radio programme on Art and Culture – The Strand. His recent performances include that of ‘The Brahmaputra Beats Festival’ at the India International Centre in New Delhi and ‘The Northeast Festival’ at the Hotel Park, Delhi.
I wish Dhriti the very best!