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Rahul Anand is a composer, lyricist and vocals for the eccentric musical group Joler Gaan. He also plays a number of unconventional musical instruments. Rahul is also a visual artist and theatre activist. This week the Star Weekend talks to this multi-talented artist about his work, his inspirations and much more.
What was the first song you ever composed?
Kagojer Nouko was the first song I wrote and composed. We still play this song in our live shows.
If you were given an opportunity to go back in the past, what would you change?
I would change my temper. This causes a lot of pain to my loved ones and I would definitely change this side of mine.
What is the one song that really inspires you to get up in the morning and move?
There is no specific song but for a couple of days I am listening to Tagore's 'Shokatore Oi Kadiche Shokole'
If you had a chance to meet a famous person, who would you want to meet?
It would be Rabindranath Tagore. I want to know how a man does this amount of work in one life. And if not him, then Jibananda Das.
If banished to an isolated island, what three things would you take with you?
My flutes, a notepad and a pen, and a compilation of Jibananda Das's works.
Who is your musical inspiration?
My mother. She is the only reason I am in this field.
What is your advice for aspiring musicians?
I am not capable of giving advise, but I can request them to do music for music. Don't think of fame and fortune.