Kolkata, the city of joy has displayed its rebellious anger whenever situation had arrived before. It wouldn’t be wrong to term it as the hub of protests. The early days of independence or the days during the Naxalite movement or the liberation war of Bangladesh have shown the real face of Kolkata. From the early days of Naxalite movement of the 1960s and the 70s, an inspiration of American protest songs had been injected among few songwriters, poets, activists and others. Protest songs were invented during the chaos and introduced by the legends like Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Willie Nelson and many more.
Kolkata also has adopted the ideas and artists tried to break through the traditional boundaries and initiated to reach and communicate with the people through their music. Issues like life and livelihood, social problems injustice came up through their alternative style of music. Lately the folk song movement or the wave of western band culture in the 80s had changed the entire scenario. Recently a Kolkata based alternative band has come up with their new composition, which tells the tale of Rohingya crisis.
Kolkata based ‘Underground Authority’ has released their new original “Boatman” upon the present Rohingya refugee crisis. One of the band members, Santhanam Srinivasan Iyer remarked that since the early days they had tried to highlight various social issues like injustice, crimes, rapes, economic failures and many. This time they had decided to write something upon the brutal carnage against the Rohingya community. Every day, they had woken and gone through the brutalities committed upon the community. This could not be taken anymore; it was their responsibility to communicate with their music in favour of peace and they just tried to do so.