Ankur Tewari is a storyteller. He has spent the better part of his life discovering different mediums to share his tales. At times his stories find their way through his music and at other times through his films. His songs are simple and evocative; they come from an honest and at times vulnerable space, which makes them easy to form an instant connection with.
He plays with his band “The Ghalat Family” (comprising himself Sidd Coutto, Johan Pais, Gaurav Gupta, and Vivaan Kapoor). Together they have been traveling across India playing at major music festivals and locales over the past 8 years. With a loyal fan base that has been steadily growing, their journey has only gotten more impressive and exciting over time.
Highlights have included opening for world-renowned artists like Raul Midon, Fink, Norah Jones and Patrick Watson. The prolific singer-songwriter is back with his latest track “Tootay” and that’s what we are reviewing here.
The Hindi track has a distinctive sound, beginning with a unique melodic whistling, signature to Ankur’s style and features artists – Bhrigu Sahni, Komorebi and Rasika Shekar
“Tootay” encourages everyone to be a little kinder to everyone around them. While the lyrics talk about being broken and distressed because of being forgotten by a loved one, it urges listeners to consider the same predicament affecting others around them. It tries to motivate its audience to find comfort and introduce the same level of comfort to others around them.
‘Tootay’ hopes to give its listeners a moment of peace, calm and assurance that there is still something to hold on to in our constantly evolving world.
The world can seem cruel and stagnant at times, and it’s up to us to do our part in making it a better place for everyone to exist. Ankur Tewari perfectly captures the poetry of everyday life in these dreadful, distressing times.
Superbly performed by Ankur Tewari and guests, with some rather gorgeous melodies and poetic song writing, “Tootay” is a rather special track, one which deserves attention. Let the music play through your speakers, don’t break the flow. Let its poignancy glide over you. Its quiet grandeur will gently seep into your soul. It’s an armour of love and goodwill, put it on, and let’s make the world better for each other.