Started playing guitar at the age of 10 under the tutelage of Mr. Raja Chowdhury. First experience on stage was with the school band of St. Lawrence High School in 2008 and played as the lead guitarist for 5 years straight. While being in school, played both live and studio sessions with artists like Sraboni Sen, Bonosree Sengupta and other such artists. The primary aim is to become one of the best guitarists of the country and beyond, while spreading the music.
Influences: Eric Johnson, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, John Mayer, John Petrucci, Guthrie Govan, Andy James, Marco Sfogli, and many more.
2008 – Worked as a freelance artist at Rick Audio Studios, Behala.
2009-13 - Worked as a freelance artist with Shubhankar Banerjee, Sraboni Sen, Bonosree Sengupta and played a handful of concerts in and around Kolkata with renowned artists like Roompa Roy (mother), Pradyot Sarkar and many others; also joined the band, Prismatics (later on renamed as Stardust), an experimental project and performed shows so forth. Played with band “Indian Blue” (with respected artist Shiraz Ali Khan) for a short period of time.
2014 - Worked as a session artist with Arijit Singh on a song “Jonaki” for the film “Lorai”. Achieved standing positions at several college and headlined school fests with Stardust and the school band. Performed with Stardust as house musicians at Ta’aam fine dining restaurant. On 21st June performed at Someplace Else, Kolkata on the occasion of International Music Day. Also performed at Jamsteady for its Open Mic, mid December. The year ended with the studio sessions of Stardust.
2015 – The year began with the Ernie Ball Open Mic at SIN, Hotel Gateway, Kolkata and the Someplace Else Open Mic. The recording sessions continued, and played on an international project under a music director from Bangladesh. In June, joined a new band “Felt-Tip Pencils” and performed at Someplace Else with both Felt-Tip Pencils and Stardust. Joined another band “Counting Absurdity” including renowned artist Mr. Ayan Nag (drummer). Recently performed at Princeton Club with Counting Absurdity.
Further Updates: Felt-Tip Pencils were offered a record deal by Orange Music Productions. In September the album was recorded at Music Room Studios, Park Street. The album “What The Fish” will be releasing mid October globally. Several upcoming gigs at CC&FC Club and other venues throughout Kolkata.
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