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Old July 10, 2008, 06:01 PM
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Default "Where the Hell is Matt?" and Palbasha Siddique



I presume some of you have already seen this video, one in which Matt Harding does his crazy little dance in 69 different locations and in which the locals (in one case lemurs) joyously join in. The lyrics, charmingly and appropriately enough, are from the poem "Praan" in Rabindranath's Gitanjali.

I must confess that I was impressed by the voice and sheer singing chops of 17-year old Bangladeshi-American Palbasha Siddique, the singer in the video.

Following is another song by her, Maa, as part of the Bangladeshi-American fusion band Melange. Enjoy.

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Old July 10, 2008, 06:45 PM
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Awesome absolutum. Indulging google...I need answers.
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Old July 10, 2008, 06:47 PM
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Sorry to disappoint you shaad bhai,
this is the third thread about this vid

orphy posted it here last month
http://www.banglacricket.com/alochon...ad.php?t=27041
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Old July 10, 2008, 07:12 PM
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Thanks, MohammedC. That should teach me not to post without running a quick search earlier . At any rate, enjoy the other song.
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Old July 10, 2008, 07:14 PM
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What does Palbasha mean?
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My score/song for Matt Harding's latest video is now up on youtube and has received over a million views so far (first two days). For those interested here's the link and my album notes that was not published with the song on Amazon.com.

Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001B8R3MS/

Album notes "Praan"

Credits:

Music By Garry Schyman
Drums and Engineering Dan Blessinger
Vocals Palbasha Siddique
Guitars and bass Kevin Dukes
Concert Master Belinda Broughton
Orchestral contractor Ross DeRoche (DeRoche Music Inc.)
Vocal Contractor Melissa Nixon
Lyrics adapted from the poem "Stream Of Life" from Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

This song is my fourth collaboration with Matt Harding. How we met and got started working together is an interesting story in itself – without detailing it here I will just say it is one of those serendipitous events that can play a big part of our lives.

I wrote this music without particular lyrics in mind because, for one thing, I don’t really write lyrics. Matt would send me early edits of the video which I used to inspire me as I composed. I also got to use my film and television experience to build the song in the appropriate places.

When it came time to do lyrics and find a singer Matt suggested that we consider non-English lyrics, which instantly sounded right to me. I immediately thought of Rabindranath Tagore who is considered the poet laureate of India. He was given the Nobel prize in literature in 1913 for his English translation of his book of poetry entitled Gitanjali and was the first non-westerner to win the prize.

Matt was particularly fond of the poem “Stream Of Life” which seemed perfectly in tune with his video.

Bengali is a beautiful language so we decided to have it sung in Tagore’s native language, however we had no idea who the singer would be.

I started listening to countless demo mp3’s of various studio singers, who all sounded terrific but just didn’t seem right for the song. Bengali is a particularly difficult language to sing if you don’t know the language and we wanted someone who could really bring off the poem in Bengali. To the rescue came Matt’s girlfriend and co-producer of the video Melissa Nixon. Melissa is amazing and searched youtube for just the right voice. Astonishingly she found her in the person of Palbasha Siddique. Palbasha had a couple of videos that included her singing on youtube. Though the videos did not do her justice, they were enough for us to contact her and learn that she was a 17 year old high school junior living in Minneapolis Minnesota (Palbasha was born in Bengladesh and moved there when she was six years old). To be honest I was very skeptical at first as to whether she could really pull off what we wanted, but when I spoke to her she was keen on being involved and was willing to record a demo for us. I sent her a rough mix of the song and she recorded over it and sent it back. We were all just completely amazed at how perfect she was. She totally got what we were doing and she sounded fantastic. We immediately invited her and her mother to Los Angeles to record, which we did on June 5th of this year. She came in and was so professional and sounded so awesome that it could not have been better. That same session we recorded live strings and if you look closely at about 3:40 into the video you will see Matt dancing with the actual string section with me next to him conducting (I have the honor of being the only person in Matt’s video whose backside is prominently featured!). Our concertmaster was Belinda Broughton and she and the rest of the string section were wonderful.

I must also pay tribute to my recording engineer Dan Blessinger who records all of my orchestral music for me (I am not really known as a songwriter but rather as a film/TV and video game composer of orchestral scores – check out my score for BioShock). Dan also plays the drums on the track and did an amazing job. I also want to thank Kevin Dukes who has plays guitar on all three songs I have written for Matt’s videos. Kevin is an amazing studio guitarist who can do anything you ask on his instrument.

Oh and the title of the song “Praan” is a particularly poetic way of saying “life” in Bengali.

I hope you like this track I loved writing and recording it.

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Thanks, MohammedC. That should teach me not to post without running a quick search earlier . At any rate, enjoy the other song.
Thank you Shaad bhai...for the video. I missed it earlier!
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Old July 11, 2008, 08:45 AM
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What does Palbasha mean?

One possible meaning.....
pal = the Sail of the boat
bhasha = floater
Possible meaning "someone who survived water/flood by floating in a boat."


other possible meaning.....
pal = short of pali
bhasha = language
Possible meaning "descendent from pali speaking region."

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Old July 11, 2008, 09:19 AM
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Another possibility is:
Pal = sail of the boat
basha = home
Possible meaning: "someone who lost his house in a property feud and is now living in a house made out of the sail of a boat".
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Old July 11, 2008, 10:06 AM
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bhalo = good
basha = home

bhalobasha = goodhome

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Old July 11, 2008, 07:32 PM
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As long as we are thinking of meanings, another possibility is পলবসা,

where পল is an "instant" or "moment" (literally a measure of time)
and বসা is "sitting"

The constructed word could then mean "sitting (or at rest) momentarily," that is, always active or brimming over with energy. And no, I don't think this is what her name means.

On a somewhat different note, Arnab, and touching on a subject we discussed previously in another thread, I find myself much more comfortable with a song like this, where one of Rabindranath's poems is set to a particular piece of music, rather than the cases where a pre-existing Rabindra Sangeet has had its melody altered.
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Shaad bahi, thanks for sharing the links... especially the second one

Reverse_swing bhai, thanks for sharing the info...
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Watch the "where the hell is matt video" in high def
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I showed my mom and she loved it.
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Old July 18, 2008, 12:11 AM
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Hi! I am Palbasha Siddique! Thanks to all of you for enjoying my song! Well, the reason why I signed up here is because I could not help, but laugh out loud, when I saw some of you trying to analyze the meaning of my weird name! All my years in gradeschool in bd,kids made fun of me by calling me Bhalobasha Bhalobasha! The actual meaning of my name is "Akhi- Pollob" or eyelid, which is in Pashtu. I was conceived in Pakistan (born in the beautiful place called Jessore) My parents thought that my eyes wre the most distinct feature of my face I guess, so they named me Palbasha! This is really funny... Made my day!
ohhh, and do vote for me on SMS and online on Closeup1.com. (pretty soon) I need a lot of them! Take care and have a great day!
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Old July 18, 2008, 12:56 AM
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Hi! I am Palbasha Siddique! Thanks to all of you for enjoying my song! Well, the reason why I signed up here is because I could not help, but laugh out loud, when I saw some of you trying to analyze the meaning of my weird name! All my years in gradeschool in bd,kids made fun of me by calling me Bhalobasha Bhalobasha! The actual meaning of my name is "Akhi- Pollob" or eyelid, which is in Pashtu. I was conceived in Pakistan (born in the beautiful place called Jessore) My parents thought that my eyes wre the most distinct feature of my face I guess, so they named me Palbasha! This is really funny... Made my day!
ohhh, and do vote for me on SMS and online on Closeup1.com. (pretty soon) I need a lot of them! Take care and have a great day!
Palbasha
Welcome to BanglaCricket, Palbasha!
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ohhh, and do vote for me on SMS and online on Closeup1.com. (pretty soon) I need a lot of them! Take care and have a great day!
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1 vote = 1 new song about the Tigers! Deal?!!
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There's a Jessore in Pakistan? Shalaaaaaaaa ...
Welcome palbasha - nice song indeed.
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There's a Jessore in Pakistan? Shalaaaaaaaa ...
Welcome palbasha - nice song indeed.
She was concieved in Pakistan( maney bujhatey hobey ), i think she was born in Jessore Bangladesh....
neways very nice song...
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Hi! I am Palbasha Siddique! Thanks to all of you for enjoying my song! Well, the reason why I signed up here is because I could not help, but laugh out loud, when I saw some of you trying to analyze the meaning of my weird name! All my years in gradeschool in bd,kids made fun of me by calling me Bhalobasha Bhalobasha! The actual meaning of my name is "Akhi- Pollob" or eyelid, which is in Pashtu. I was conceived in Pakistan (born in the beautiful place called Jessore) My parents thought that my eyes wre the most distinct feature of my face I guess, so they named me Palbasha! This is really funny... Made my day!
ohhh, and do vote for me on SMS and online on Closeup1.com. (pretty soon) I need a lot of them! Take care and have a great day!
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Can you change your name? It sounds weird in both Bengali and English.
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Can you change your name? It sounds weird in both Bengali and English.
Whats in it for her, Arnab bhai?
She might....
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ahem palbasha-- bangla or urdu?
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ahem palbasha-- bangla or urdu?
Auntu, Palbasha herself said it was Pashto -- a language spoken by mainly the Pathans in Afghanistan, as well as parts of Pakistan, India and Iran.
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