Palash Sen has been a spearhead of the Indian music scene since 1998. He has been a prominent figure in the scene with Euphoria, a band that he founded during his college days. With Palash Sen as its lead singer/frontman, Euphoria has released five studio albums, one compilation album and 17 music videos. Palash Sen has also sung and composed songs for some Hindi movies. He has also appeared on television with Euphoria on shows such as MTV Unplugged and Channel V Pop Stars.
Over the years, Palash Sen has also expressed staunch support for the Indie musicians of the country and has severely criticized the way Indian music is dominated by Bollywood and not music artists themselves. He has chastised Bollywood for promoting all the music with just the movie stars while keeping the musicians away from the limelight. He has also expressed his disapproval of the thematically limited music of Bollywood movies. He said that even though India has an abundance of highly talented folk, rock, classical, pop and jazz musicians, most Bollywood songs are just thematically centred around “crying and partying”. He has also criticised the trend of just remixing songs again and again.
With a background like that, there is probably no one better to lead India’s Indie musicians past the Covid crisis. When the entire country was put on a lockdown in March, it brought the economy to a grinding halt. The repercussions of that stoppage were felt by Indie musicians all over the country. And it wasn’t just the musicians who felt the crunch, technicians, engineers, producers, they were all put in tight spots.
However, the incredibly resilient Indie musicians of India never stopped making music through the crisis also. They have fought and persevered through the hardships and released some stunning music through the pandemic. And just in case some Indie musicians are witnessing their faith waver in their craft, Palash Sen has arrived on the scene with “Ladaaii” to lead them past the tough times and on to victory.
“Ladaaii” is much more than a song, so reviewing it as just a song will undermine its importance. Thematically, “Ladaaii” evokes the vibes of the famous William Ernest Henley poem, “Invictus”. Just like the poem, “Ladaaii” is an evocation of fortitude and self discipline during times of adversity.
The video features Palash Sen and Euphoria performing the song while some of India’s prominent indie stars like Lakshya Bhatnagar, Shalmali Kholgade and Sahil Makhija hold banners in support of the struggling but undying indie scene of the country.
So here’s our message to India’s Indie Music warriors, stay strong and keep fighting the good fight. And always remember, Score will be there to fight side by side with you.
It matters not how strait the gate
How charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul
Verdict: A rousing and anthemic call to arms. Never give up, never surrender.