SHASWATA KUNDU CHAUDHURI, Kolkata: Bangla rock’s biggest avatar Rupam Islam has penned a song in the aftermath of the violence that tore apart Northeast Delhi, claiming 46 lives and injuring hundreds more.
The song, uploaded on the Fossils frontman’s YouTube channel, is named Dogdoge Itihasher Ghaa (The Raw Wound of History). A hard-hitting commentary on the dreadful state of affairs in the country, the song asks the questions that need to be asked.
“Where have they come from?”, “Who gave them permission to murder?”, “Which country has so much hatred?”, “Is this patriotism?” are some of the questions that are put in front of the listener.
At the backdrop of a sober piano, a mournful string section joins up to paint themes of ‘blood religion’, ‘selling news on war’ and ‘selling villainy’. The video shows ghastly images of mobs hitting people, crying children and the faces of the dead being projected on a wall against which actors show protest placards and Rupam sings.
When he tells that “an old woman was burnt in the fire but what actually burnt was the country’s name”, fire bleeds into the screen, burning in the severity of the situation.
Director Srijit Mukherji also praised Rupam’s latest album Aami with veteran guitarist Amyt Datta through a Facebook post, saying that the record is a “remarkable milestone” in the “age of Post-Truth, Dystopian Daybreaks and Fragmented Love”.