Artha cashes in on love and longing in debut offering
ALBUM REVIEW: HUWORONI
I recently got my hands on Huworoni – the debut offering of Assamese rock band Artha. Made up of talented musicians from the State, Artha is a multi-genre outfit based in the capital. Huworoni was released earlier this year at Gauri Sadan in Guwahati by veteran guitarist Utpal Barsaikia along with a host of other guests.
Artha comprises of Rahul Buragohain (vocals and rhythm), Shivaji Bora (bass), Pranjal Gogoi (lead), Fredi Roy (rhythm and keyboard) and Prashanta Talukdar on drums. Based on contemporary themes, most of their compositions and lyrics would appeal to the present-day youth, especially those living outside the State. Huworoni – the title track of their debut album is a case in point. Drawing on strong emotive lyrics, the song dwells on the longing of people who live outside their native place for their homelands.
The album begins with the track Hontrakhbadir Kahini which dwells on the realization of a terrorist of his mistakes and his desire to return back to lead a normal life. The title track, Huworoni, which is divided into two parts follows up next. The other compositions are all based on contemporary themes like love, longing and frustration which I am sure would find a lot of takers amongst the younger lot. Jodi Xodai, for instance, dwells on the feeling of frustration which besieges people at periodic intervals, while Loi Juwa and Najanu Kiyo are both love songs. Based on melodic tunes, what attracted me the most about the majority of the tracks was the smart acoustic manoeuvring that is a predominant feature in the entire album.
Talking about their debut offering, Artha vocalist Rahul Buragohain says, “Assam has a rich and diverse culture and we have put in efforts to reflect our culture in our music. Our songs are catchy and melodious for we want to connect to the people through them. At the same time, we have tried to focus a lot on the emotive content in our lyrics.”
Artha was formed in the summer of 2006 by Rahul, Shivaji and Prashanta while they were pursuing their studies in engineering, says Rahul. He adds, “We performed at various college fests all across the country such as IIT Kanpur, amongst others. Soon after completing our graduation in 2009, two new members, Fredi and Pranjal, joined the band as guitarists. We have been playing mainly in Delhi and other parts of Northern India.”
All the tracks in the album have been written and composed by Artha along with Arunjyoti Gohain and Rishi. While four songs were recorded in The Quivers Studio in Dibrugarh, the other four were recorded in the Noisegate studio in Guwahati. The songs have been edited and mixed by Arunjyoti Gohain in Quivers studio, Dibrugarh.