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Padmanav Bordoloi releases his first Bihu xuriya album

Noted singer and composer Padmanav Bordoloi, of Indian Idol and SaReGaMaPa fame, released his first Bihu xuriya and folk fusion album Dihing Disang Dimoru at the Guwahati Press Club on Thursday.

The album was released by noted actress Zerifa Wahid, veteran musicians Anima Choudhury and JP Das, editor in chief of Prag News Ajit Kumar Bhuyan and Bihu Samrat Biman Baruah.

Speaking to the media during the launch, singer and composer Padmanav Bordoloi said, “Ever since I began singing, I have continuously been flooded with requests from my fans to compose a Bihu xuriya album. So this album is a dedication to all those people who have maintained their trust on me and supported me all through the journey.”

Dihing Disang Dimoru is Padmanav Bordoloi’s first folk fusion audio visual album which consist of six audio songs with four of them already been shot into videos. The title track Dihing Disang Dimoru is a melodious beautifully picturised Bihu xuriya song. Dihing Disang Dimoru is Padmanav Bordoloi’s first Bihu xuriya composition and has already won accolades from music lovers and has become one of the most popular Bihu xuriya songs of 2016.

The second song Fule Monumuha is a catchy Bihu xuriya song penned by Bihu Samrat Biman Baruah. Regarding this composition Biman Baruah, who was present at the press meet today, said “When Padmanav requested me to compose a song for his album; I took a couple of days to work on it. I wanted the song to gel beautifully with Padmanav’s voice. When I heard the recorded version of the song, I was beyond delighted since he did complete justice to my composition.”

The third song Rumjhum is a fusion song which has a very different and unique classical fusion flavor which differentiates it from other songs of the album. Composed by Jiten Basumatary, the song had mesmerized quite a number of music lovers.

The fourth song O Bulu Roi Ja is a composition of legendary folk artist Bonkonwar Anandiram Das. The song is a tribute from Padmanav to the great musician. The fifth song Taal Milile is a peppy Assamese modern composition by Diganta Bharati. The sixth song Bogakoi Dhuniya is a beautiful composition by Chandan portraying brother-sisterly love.

Videos of song Dihing Disang Dimoru, Rumjhum, O Bulu Roi Ja and Bogakoi Dhuniya have already been released and have been appreciated by music lovers throughout Assam. To sum up, audio visual album Dihing Disang Dimoru is a true and honest musical effort combining Assamese Folk and Classical Fusion in a modern and peppy way with its roots and essence maintained in an authentic manner.

Film actress Zerifa Wahid, who was one of the chief guests on the occasion, said, “My best wishes to Padmanav for his new album. He is one of the most dedicated and loved singers that Assam has ever produced and is hugely loved throughout the country.”

Padmanav, who was the first Assamese to become a finalist in Indian Idol 2007, and later went on to become a finalist in SaReGaMaPa 2013, is a powerhouse of talent; a singer, performer, songwriter, music composer and an anchor, that’s how diversely talented Padmanav Bordoloi is. Padmanav Bordoloi’s first Hindi composition ‘Teri Jo Baatein Hain’, earned him the nomination for GIMA Award this year.

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#AssamPolls: Has BJP moved away from Modi-only campaign formula?

Has the Bharatiya Janata Party moved away from Modi-takes-the-center-stage style of campaigning? Anyone in Guwahati who is listening to the local FM stations must have noticed the massive airtime the party has ‘purchased’ to let the voters know about its CM candidate – Sarbananda Sonowal.

“Xokolute Ananda, Sarbananda” is a peppy number by singer Zubeen Garg and the song portrays the BJP in the state as a harbinger of happiness and prosperity for its people. The song begins on a celebratory note and registers the “Xokolute Ananda, Sarbananda” slogan four times before the “Lotus blossoms” thereby making it sure the listener doesn’t miss the main areas of thrust. The four-minute video focuses on one man — the BJP chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal.

Unlike the campaign for other elections, wherein the BJP put forth PM Narendra Modi as the sole face of the party, in Assam the party gave center-stage to its CM candidate. Political experts say the defeat in Bihar was a blow to the party and the party wanted to harp of the comparatively cleaner image of Sarbananda Sonowal to call for a change in Assam.

Interestingly during the Bihar elections, voices within the BJP wanted a stronger projection of a local leader and the loss may have led to a slight change in plan for the party. Although the prime minister and BJP president Amit Shah are visible in the campaign video, the song’s lyrics – being played on radio – hails the CM candidate as the messenger of change.

The song also does not fail to play up on the immigrant situation, warning the Assamese voters at one stage that if they vote for the Congress, they will lose their rights within the state. The influx of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants has been a major election plank in Assam.

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Come out and vote for a healthy democracy: Barsha Rani Bishaya

On the penultimate day of campaigning for the second phase of polls in Assam, the election commission is leaving no stone unturned to raise voter awareness. In an exclusive chat with HeyNortheast, popular actress and brand ambassador for the Kamrup Metro district’s Systematic Voter Education and Electronic Participation (SVEEP) cell, Barsha Rani Bishaya said that the election commission is working hard for voter awareness and are using innovative tools to reach maximum voters.

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“It’s we who decide who runs the government. So it is very important that we go out and vote because without people’s participation the election process won’t be a healthy one. Every vote counts and this time we are expecting more voter awareness – we are working towards it – and expect a good turnout on April 11,” said Barsha Rani Bishaya. Besides, the actress told that she is expecting the women voters to come out and vote with their male counterparts and make the polls a success.

According to the election commission authorities, the awareness programmes are yielding benefits and the 82.2% polling recorded in the first phase of polling was a testimony to that. Officials from the Kamrup Metro district said that the voting percentage in the district should touch around 90% this time reaching an all-time high.

“We are reaching out to the public in newer and more innovative ways and this has been a huge factor in the expected rise in polling percentage,” said an official.

Speaking about joining the campaign, Barsha said that this is an honour that the election commission has approached her to be the face of the campaign for a healthy democracy. “I am honoured that I could help in this. I feel being a public figure, my association with the campaign will motivate people to come out and vote. I would request each one of you to vote and especially the women voters – you shouldn’t sit back at home but be an important decision maker in the democracy,” she said.