Amar Shonar Bangla

by Khiyo

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Khiyo is officially released its first track on 26th March, Bangladesh Independence Day 2012. It was re-mastered by Jon Astley in 2014.

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Amar Shonar Bangla (My Golden Bengal)

What beauty, what shade, what love and tenderness -
How you spread your sari at the banyan's foot, on the river-bank.
Mother, your message in my ears is like nectar,
Ah! Ecstasy! Mother, your message in my ears is like nectar, Mother, if your face turns angry, I swim in tears.
Golden Bengal, I love you.
Your skies, your breezes, play an everlasting flutesong in my being. Golden Bengal, I love you.
O mother, the scents in your mango-groves in spring drive me mad,
Ah! Ecstasy! O mother, the scents in your mango-groves in spring send me mad, O mother, what enchanting smiles I see in your full fields in autumn.
Golden Bengal, I love you.


released March 26, 2012
Words by Rabindranath Tagore; Melody by Gagan Harkara
Arrangement by Sohini Alam & Oliver Weeks

Vocals: Sohini Alam
Acoustic Guitar: Oliver Weeks
Double Bass: Ben Heartland
Drums: Derek Scurll
Tabla: Hassan Mohyeddin
Viola: Danyal Dhondy

Engineered by Ben Hillyard at the Cellar, Frome, Andy Ramsay at Press Play Studio:, London and Yohei Sasaki at The London School of Sound:

Mixed by Yohei Sasaki (
Mastered by Jon Astley at Close to the Edge Mastering


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Khiyo UK

Khiyo is a London-based British-Bengali band that gives Bengali heritage music a modern London sound. Though the band members have backgrounds that include Western classical, rock, jazz, blues, Nazrul Sangeet, Bengali folk and Indian classical, the amalgamation of the whole has a singularly identifiable sound. ... more

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