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Indian composer Ram Sampath and singer Sona Mohapatra collaborated on a song inspired by Frida

30 April 2024

Renowned music composer Ram Sampath and singer Sona Mohapatra collaborated on a song called "Senti Akhiyaan," which was inspired by Mexican painter Freida Kahlo.

Sampath had the idea to create a music video in which the icon and Mohapatra meet.

Mohapatra declared: “I’ve always been inspired by the fearless spirit, art, and unique fashion of the legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Long before she was discovered by fashion editors in our art and lifestyle space, I had postcard prints of all her paintings framed and put up on my hostel wall even as a student.”

She claimed that Sampath, her partner, came up with the concept for the music video. “He felt that the Senti Akhiyaan composition and music arrangement had a strong Latin American flavor, and it was fitting to draw inspiration from her imagery and in a sense also pay homage to our common love of celebrating our roots vs blending into the generic landscape of what is considered pretty or glamourous in the larger public eye.”

The song explores the idea that the eyes are the window to the soul and was inspired by the lyrical musings of young poet Roshanaara Qureshi.

Talking about the song, she said: “The fusion of guitars, kalimbas, harmonium and percussion infuses the song with an organic Latin plus Desi swing, creating a vibe that is both chill and infectious and I believe Frieda would be happy to dance on this song if she was alive today.”

Musically, "Senti Akhiyaan" skillfully combines classic Indian songs with a Reggaeton beat, with Tanmay Deochake's Hindustani harmonium interludes

See the video below.