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Bhoomi

Bhoomi is a music group based in Kolkata, India. They are a Bangla (Bengali) language band. In July 2006 they became the first Indian band to play at the United Nations.

== Beginnings =

The band was formed in 1999, with the aim of reviving the folk music of Bengal and making it popular amongst all sections of the society by providing it an urban touch. The band was initially created out of the interest of the two founding members - Surojit Chatterjee and Soumitra Roy - to experiment with vast store of traditional and in many case non-attributed Bengali Folk music ("procholito gaan") and mix it with their repertoire of Western music and instrumentation.

== Style =

It is the only band which defines its music as decidedly ‘urban folk’.The band uses a consistent fusion of modern, urban lyrics with Bangla rural folk tunes like Baul which was a very early style of music by wandering minstrels in rural Bengal or Bhatiyali(traditionally sung by the boatmen on the Ganga and also the Padma in Bangladesh. They have also re-done (remix would be an injustice to the band's style) quite a few very old folk songs which were lost to the mo...

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