News About Saurav
Singer of traditional folk songs of Bengal, Saurav Moni hails from a village in the rural hinterland of Sunderbans in West Bengal, on Bangladesh border. He travels among the boatmen, peasants and wandering minstrels of the two Bengals (West Bengal and Bangladesh) - picking up songs. He retains the purity of timbre, tune and diction even when he performs for audiences widely varying in taste and
He straddles the genres of Sari, Jari, Murshidi, Marfati, Dhuaa, Bhawaiya and
Baul, though Bhatiali is his primary genre of work. His expertise lies in telling the
tales of the meandering river as it goes from upstream to downstream.
Moreover it also involves the endless journey of a man on a boat which serves
as a typical metaphor of his life. His narrative, thus connected by rivers, takes
a shape and intensity that never appears repetitive because of his ability to
constantly innovate and change.
Even as he takes his music to the cities of Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and beyond, performs in front of large, unacquainted audiences of Europe, tries to bridge the gap with a generation in the sub-continent that is only communicable through the MTV- network (he was one of the performers on
the first show of MTV- Coke Studio), his voice never wavers from a deeply
melodious, soulful tonality.His formal education (an M.A. in History from Jadavpur University, Kolkata) has enriched him greatly in his pursuit. Other than being a singer-interpreter-researcher he is also a well-known vocal archivist that has in its own turn added enormous value to his mode of region-specific genre of singing. He conserves and performs the traditional songs which are mostly unrecorded and almost on the verge of extinction.