A newly released Assamese audio-video song – ‘Hengdang’ has been garnering unprecedented popularity on the social networking sites like Facebook and YouTube due to its unique concept and technique. This single is presented by a band called Small Town Boyz comprising of three Assam born musicians, and ‘Hengdang’ is from their upcoming album ‘Small Town Boy’. Having lived and worked in Mumbai for quite some time now, where it has widened and enriched their musical exposure, these young artistes however are quite upset with the sad state of affairs of music in Assam, and are aspiring to do something for Assamese music. Something that would open people’s minds. These musicians are Shahnawaz Rahman, Preetom Dutta and Manash Borthakur.
Hailing from Nagaon, Shahnawaz, who started his career with Assamese films like ‘Adhyay : A Chapter’, ‘Arohi’ and ‘Saknoiya’, left for Mumbai in 2013 where he started working as a cinematographer. Initially, he started working with Farhan Akhtar’s Excel Entertainment. He worked in films like ‘Zidd’, ‘Mahi’, ‘Alone’, ‘Rock On 2’, ‘Raees’ among others. Besides working with many brands in the advertising industry, Shahnawaz also had the fortune to work with Amitabh Bachchan, as well as the team of Incredible India for Discovery Channel. Presently, he is working as an official director of photography in Pulp Cinema.
Another member Preetom Dutta is a singer and music producer. Besides rendering in albums like ‘Krishna’, ‘Bisaru Tumakei’, mega-serial ‘Bindaas’, Preetom also served as music producer in the Hindi film ‘Lal Rang’.
The third member of the band, Manash Borthakur has been working as a music producer since 2009 in Mumbai. His credits as a music producer include films like ‘Lanka’, ‘Revolver Raani’, ‘Bollywood Diary’, ‘Bulleya’ etc.
Through their single from the album – ‘Hengdang..’, the trio urges upon the people to show some valour and character, serve their motherland with outmost loyalty and respect. It’s something that should be ingrained within everyone’s soul. The song with its patriotic fervour is written by Tofiqur Rahman, produced by Nazbin Sultana, with composition by Shahnawaz and Sharmin. Beautifully rendered by Preetom Dutta, it’s music producer is Manash Borthakur, with concept and DOP by Shahnawaz Rahman. The song’s direction and editing is by Sasanka Bora.