Radha Thomas and Aman Mahajan find a muse in Bengaluru

By Tanvi PS / Mar 7, 2020 / Times of India

Radha Thomas and Aman Mahajan find a muse in Bengaluru

Songs that get one nostalgic about yesteryear Bengaluru and reflect both the tough and the fun times that one faces in life — this is what Bangalore Blues is about,” says composer and vocalist Radha Thomas about her upcoming album. The project sees her collaborating with long-time associate, piano-player Aman Mahajan for a total of seven tracks. “It was Aman’s idea to keep the format simple — just piano and vocals. The genre is jazz, but some tracks also have a few Indian elements — like a mridangam korvai, or a traditional raaga, like raag Yaman, for instance,” explains Radha.

There are two tracks in the album that capture her love-hate relationship with the city, shares Radha. Load Shedding, for instance, is an instrumental piece composed by Aman, with lyrics by Radha. It brings out the effect of the city’s frequent power cuts.

The album’s title track, on the other hand is about a particular moment when Radha was abroad and missed the city’s ambience. The music video for this song will feature Bengaluru-based illustrator Paul Fernandes’ work. “When I wrote it, I actually did not have Paul’s work in mind. However, as the album came together, I figured that his art work would be the best fit for the album art and this particular music video, which captures the essence of the city. I was delighted when he gave me permission to use it. The album art shows his painting of a well-known restaurant, while the music video features his illustrations of city locales like Ulsoor lake, and the Vidhana Soudha among others,” explains Radha.

The other tracks in the album, have a more personal theme. “For instance, Jailer is a track about a troubling experience I faced years ago. Had that experience happened in recent times, I would have spoken about it during the #MeToo movement. Instead, I wrote a song about it,” she shares, concluding that the album is an amalgamation of personal experiences, as well as her memories of the city.

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