Express news service
Driving alone on a desolate stretch of road can, at times, lead to a particularly astute inspiration. Ask Aaryan Banthia and he will tell you how a lonely night walk in Kolkata motivated him to create his latest Tere Bin ballad. The 28-year-old singer, songwriter and musician released the song in late August and it crossed 1.7 million views on YouTube in less than two months.
This track is Banthia’s seventh release and is a touching Hindi number about the loss of a loved one due to an unexpected life event. His heartfelt crooning also applies to couples who are no longer in love. “This song is very close to my heart, and I tapped into my true feelings for it. Anyone who has been through a breakup or has found their love again after a long period of separation will identify with it, ”he says.
Although music remained her passion, Banthia never considered actively chasing it. It was only after playing in a local pub in the UK in 2015, where Banthia was pursuing his graduate studies, that he realized his vocation. Early adulation led him to perform at other concerts of this type in the UK. In the same year, on his return to Kolkata, he formed a group with his friends called “The Bombay Gramophone Company” which was disbanded when he became solo. A move to Mumbai followed, but when the first lockdown was announced he returned to his family home in Kolkata. He now juggles between the two cities.
With classic rock bands as his biggest inspiration – he cites the names of Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Hendrix, Bon Jovi, Kenny Rogers, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd and Cliff Richards in one breath – the ballads rock come easily to Banthia. However, he is reluctant to be cast in one mold. His first Hindi track Yaadein, published by Zee Music, is described as rock with a subtle touch of blues. Since then he has released songs in English and Hindi and across all genres, with the latest single Best Days of My Life being a ‘happy country song’.
Tere Bin, on the other hand, is a rock love ballad in its own right. The video stars Bengali actors Sauraseni Mitra and Aryan Roy as the loving couple. Banthia also appears frequently as a singer-narrator. Shot at The Belgadia Palace hotel in Odisha, the video draws heavily on the surroundings of the heritage property and the natural bounty of the state. Banthia wanted to hire professional actors for the clip in order to bring out the emotions of the song. He shares, “Sauraseni and Aryan go well together and share great chemistry, which makes them a good choice for the song.”
How has the pandemic impacted his practice? Banthia says, “I believe people in India started to understand quality music a lot more during the pandemic. They had a lot of time for themselves and heard a lot of music and explored various artists during this time. Now is the right time for Indian indie music!
Banthia is asking more people to listen to Tere Bin currently streaming on all major platforms YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, Gaana, among others. He wants them to make it their own by relating to it on a personal level. “I’ll feel like a winner if this happens,” he adds.
Songs released so far
Yaadein back then Hey Betty Paar Best days of my life Shades of Spring Tere Bin