By Mumbai based Folk/Blues/Rock band EQ
Nilanjan Samaddar plays guitar and stringed instruments;
Manas Chowdhary, bass;
Ambar Das, drums and percussion;
Ashwin Srnivasan, flute;
Bappa Sengupta, dotara;
Directed by Mahan J. Dutta
Cinematographer Prayash Sharma Tamuly
Shared by Dr. Sunayana Sarkar (PhD , IIT Bombay )
Assistant Professor (Structural Geology and Geotectonics)
Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering
Narsee Monjee I. M. S. University, Mumbai
Sarkar, the daughter of a tea researcher who grew up in the tea lands of Assam, is the vocalist with EQ, a Mumbai based folk/blues/rock band.
The group’s music video is Railgadi Jhumur
“The music form fleshed out around a mental conflict between the misery of missing home; the inability to leave employment due to legal bindings and an undeniable desire to stay on since situations back home were a lot less promising. It speaks of stark human emotions. The song touches your soul and draws you close to this immense worldwide migrant labor debate,” she says.
Railgadi Jhumur is a modern rendition of a traditional jhumur dance performed by young girls. It is dedicated to the members of the tea community who have continued to be the backbone of the tea industry for more than 150 years. The song and music video were sponsored by APPL Foundation (https://applfoundation.in/). It was selected as the theme song of the first Sirish Tribal Festival, an annual event to showcase traditional dance forms, sports, art and literature. The Sirish comprise about 25% of the population of the state of Assam.
The APPL Foundation is a charitable trust established in 2011 to provide relief to those in need in the tea lands.