Rimi Basu’s musical bonanza ‘SAKHI’

 Eminent singer and one of India’s very few women composers, Rimi Basu Sinha is all set to release a musical bonanza for the music lovers of India. SAKHI- CELEBRATING WOMANHOOD  is unique,peerless and historic because it is an all- women enterprise. Conceptualized by a woman and sung by women as well….! A first time attempted feat by any woman in India. From concept to commissioning- an all women venture. SAKHI is written and composed by Rimi Basu Sinha herself and  the melodious numbers are sung by four generation celebrated female artists – SunidhiChauhan, K S Chithra, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Richa Sharma, Usha Mangeshkar, Mahalakshmi Aiyer, Aishwarya Majumdar and Rimi. Also two songs in the album are written by a budding lyricist  Pratibha Sharma.

 The album has nine such soul-stirring numbers with beautiful lyrics complimenting the wonderful voices of leading female singers. It is a “out of the box”, inimitable, historic concept which is a combination of melodies and appropriate artistes from the treasures. Sakhi is a maiden musical bonanza conceived and presented by a women. It would not be wrong to term this venture as a woman’s journey. This whole journey has been conceptualized, the dream being given words and the words been woven into music all by Rimi.It is this extra-ordinary concept and heart-throbbing compositions and lyrics that makes the album “apart from the crowd”. It would be appropriate to mention that in SAKHI ,Rimi has tried to close the gap between traditional and modern styles of music. Thesongs are a combination of authentic Hindustani style with modern presentation. She has tried to revive some of the most out-giving and disappearing trends of our musical treasure…… such as a nine and ten beat composition. The entire exercise is to create a musical awareness amongst the listeners especially youngsters. One can name it…. As celebration of womanhood in combination of its emotive nature with musical “tana-bana”.

 Talking about her new album, Rimi Basu Sinha says, “SAKHI, a unique and innovative concept is a celebration of womanhood. It talks about a woman and her empowerment which makes it one of its kinds. Every song talks about a woman’s ideas, ideologies, fears, sorrows, dreams and ambitions etc. It shares her greatest joys and essays her softest emotions.” Rimi adds, “SAKHI”  attempts to explore a woman’s psyche and emotive character manifesting them through melodious songs. SAKHI is a woman’s urge or yearning to reach out and share their feelings on life’s joys and sorrows, dreams and fears, love and rejections, as it makes her journey of life lighter.”

 “SAKHI celebrates womenhood…. and is a journey of woman’s emotions. It is more than often said that music is the best way to attain bliss. Thus when we hear any good notes or musical piece it immediately demands our attention and takes us into a trance. We want to simply close our eyes and go into a world of the unknown where there is nothing but just soul stirring music,” says Rimi.

 Presently settled  in Mumbai Rimi is all set to realize her long cherished dream of becoming a composer and wants to earnestly offer her God gifted creativity to the world. A couple of years back after returning to India Rimi had an opportunity to release an album “MAIYYA KA DARBAAR” with Kumar Sanu, written and composed by Rimi herself  was released by TIMES MUSIC only.

 Born and brought up in a very well known Bengali family of Allahabad, Rimi grew up in an environment of music and theatre. She started learning music at an early age of eight years and subsequently started taking part in many cultural programmes. At the age of fifteen she became AIR artiste and took part in several concerts. Presently she is a top graded artiste of AIR and Doordarshan.

 A versatile singer appreciated for uniqueness of voice/tonal quality, Rimi can sing variety from classical to pop. She has ample knowledge of folk music and its use in modern songs. She has been composing songs of all genres/background scores with a touch of difference, imaginativeness and melody. Being a student of Hindi literature till class 12, her command over Hindi language is very strong. She is an effective communicator on music related subjects with exceptional presentation skills. She has the ability to put across nuances of music and train/coach upcoming music aspirants. She has served as voice trainer in Mumbai Music Academy, Goregaon, Mumbai (Presently faculty head). She has the ability to put across many methods of vocal training with modern, suitable and authentic ideas for practice.

 Rimi’s composition skills are a rare and atypical gift to her by God. She used to compose and pen songs at a very early age .When she was eight years old she started learning Hindustani music her gurufrom  lateShriB.N.Biswasjee. Seeing her propensity in music and singing, her parents encouraged her to take it up as a subject. Subsequently she went on doing her masters in Hindustani music from Allahabad University with flying colors under the able and apt guidance of Pt. RamashryaJhajee and Smt. Kamla Bose. Alongside, she also did  SangeetPrabhakar and Senior Diploma in light music from reputed PrayagSangeetSamiti of Allahabad . Even after marriage she was fully egged-on, heartened and supported by her family, specially her husband to pursue and continue her career in Music.

 After shifting her base to Delhi, she remained  active in the world of TV serials and films. She sang many title tracks, songs and jingles for popular brands in many languages.  Her major achievement was the release of her solo album from the prestigious company HMV. “JANE HAMRI BINDIYA” was a huge success and found wide coverage all around in the media.           

 In the year 2000 she moved to Nairobi. There too, she carved out a place for herself and contributed substantially towards promoting Indian music and culture. She presented/ directed several stage/live radio programmes on behalf of Indian High commission. Apart from this she was entrusted by Chinmaya Mission Seva Trust Kenya, to bring out their album “Bhakti”. As a recognition of her contribution towards promoting Indian culture and  Music in Kenya , Indian High Commission invited her to perform on the eve of Gandhi Jayanti organized at  United Nations  head quarters in Africa.