Mumbai : When National award winning musician Anurag Saikia announced a unique and ambitious project of an international collaboration in April last, it created ripples in the world of music, as it was the first time that Assamese devotional song Borgeet would be performed in a different way. Setting all speculations at rest, Saikia announces that he will be uploading the finished project, named as “Project Borgeet”, on his YouTube channels in December.
Anurag Saikia, who received the National Award for Best Music Direction (Non-feature) in 2014 for his work in “Yugadrashta”, travelled to Macedonia to get two Borgeet – “Are Kompito” and “Faagu Khela” – recorded by the world-renowned Macedonian Symphonic Orchestra. The recording was successfully done with an orchestra of more than 85 musicians playing cellos, violins, French horns, clarinets etc.
For long, the Assamese devotional songs known as Borgeet are tied down by strict rules and ways set by three Sattras in Barpeta, Bordua and Kamalabari. But it is yet to get “classical” recognition, as all the three styles practiced in three Vaishnavite monasteries are “equally correct”.
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Anurag is now making a documentary on the genre which is expected to deal questions on the styles of Borgeet. It is noteworthy that he works as a music director in both Assamese and Bollywood movies and earned fame for films like “Dangal”, “Mulk” and “Article 15” among others.