Coke Studio @ MTV, Season 4 started airing from the 1st of March, 2015. This season the generic setup of a studio stage has been left behind for a much more intimate setting where musicians, as well as singers, are in great contact with each other. The Four main music directors this season are Sachin-Jigar, Ram Sampath, Amit Trivedi and Dhruv Ghanekar. Amit Trivedi's first episode featuring the man himself along with Jyoti Nooran, Harshdeep Kaur presents us with the song "Teriyaan Tu Jaane". A song about Unconditional love or "Sufiyana Ishq," it is one that has both the perspectives of a boy as well as the girl talking about the same.
An upbeat performance where all three vocalists truly compliment each other. The Second Episode belongs to Sachin Sanghvi and Jigar Saraiya, also known as Sachin-Jigar. They come in with three new tracks in this episode, "Laadki", "Sawaan Mein" and "Bannado". With a recap of Vishal Dadlani's famous "Madaari", the episode then moves on to "Laadki". A Gujarati word denoting a doted upon, Loveable daughter, "Laadki" is brought to life with the voices of Sachin Sanghvi's little daughter Tanishka, Gujarati Folk Legend Kirtidan Gadhvi and Rekha Bhardwaj. A father and his daughter, are communicating with each other throughout different stages of life. A Wonderfully melodious track to the ear, this found widespread appreciation on all forms of social media. "Sawan Mein," a song about broken hearts voiced by Jasmine Sandlas and Divya Kumar. "Bannado", the song is a "tongue-in-cheek" conversation between the bride and groom.
A particular Marwari, Rajasthani Touch to the song is given by Bhungarkhan Manganiar & Group and Tochi Raina. Dhruv Ghanekar presents in Coke Studio for the first time and gives the audience three different tracks of different beats. 'Nimoli,' meaning the fruit of a neem tree, talks about love as a bittersweet journey. Ila Arun and Bobkat are the vocalists for this one. 'Ae Rab,' sung by Ghanekar himself along with Master Saleem is a beautiful discussion about finding the way to God. Kalpana Patowary and Sonia Saigal bring forth the force of Rajasthani folk music and Blues in the song 'Birha'. Ram Sampath, an old boy in the Coke studio, puts four brilliant tracks on the table. With a knack for experimenting with different genres of music existing within the boundaries of our country, Sampath carries out an excellent feat in terms of depicting social realities through music.
The first song in the episode is "Rangabati", a rendition of the age-old Odiya classic Folk song intertwined with rap music coming from the streets of Bombay. Sona Mohapatra and Rituraj Mohanty deal with the Odiya part, which talks about connecting to the roots of one's motherland alongside Tony Sebastian and Rajesh Radhakrishnan from the upcoming outfit, Dopeadelicz. 'Chadh Chadh Jana,' the next song, has percussions in it intertwined with Marathi lyrics that asks one to think about where they came from. Vocalists for this are Bhanvari Devi and Krishna Kumar Buddha Ram. 'Anhad Naad,' influenced by Kabir and Bulleh Shah's Poetry, depicts a spiritual journey through life.
Sona Mohapatra and Shadab Faridi are extremely powerful in their vocalization for this song. Vidya Harikrishna along with Tony Sebastian and Rajesh Radhakrishnan discuss the meaning of freedom and justice in contemporary times with the help of Bharitiyaar's poetry. 'Bharitiyaar trap rap' is what this episode comes to an end with. Episode 5, aired on 16 August 2015 is an Indian Independence Special.The first track stars Jatinder Shah, Gurdas Maan and Diljit Dosanjh(a legend and a contemporary superstar) singing 'Ki Banu Duniya Da' reminding the youth how important it is to keep reminding oneself of their own roots in this new age.
As this episode is also an Indian Independence Special, Salim- Sulaiman, Sukhwinder Singh, Salim Merchant and Raj Pandit came forth with 'Peer Manaawan Challiyaan', a tribute to the national flag of India. Manj Musik, Raftaar and Jashan Singh bring Desi Hip Hop to tell the audience about brotherhood in 'Allah Veh.' Anupam Roy, Babul Supriyo, Sharmilee Supriyo, Jeet Ganguli and Satyaki Banerjee come together for tracks like 'I Wanna Fly', 'Moner Manush' and 'Jhelum Naina' in Episode 6, a truly soulful experience.