Sounak

chattopadhyay

WELCOME !!!

Sounak is a foremost vocalist of the present generation and has made a place for himself in the hearts of many Classical and Bengali Art music lovers. His regular stage performances for prestigious concert stages, in India and abroad, his regular television appearances and his audio albums that have topped charts bear witness to that.

 

Having an exceptional training base with almost 25 years of experience in learning Hindustani Classical music from Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khansahab and Mubarak Ali Khansahab of the Kirana Gharana, semi classical forms from Smt Sanjukta Ghosh, advanced training in Rabindrasangeet (Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta and Pramita Mallick) and other traditional Bengali songs (Atulprasad, Rajanikanta, D.L.Roy, Nazrulgeeti, Puratoni etc), give him a range of performances that not many of his contemporaries have. 

First prize in Dover lane Music Conference talent contest, Swar Prabhat Talent Contest by Salt Lake Cultural Association,  Kal Ke Kalakar - Mumbai, National Scholarship from the Govt. of India, the Gyana Pravaha Scholarship, Shanmukhananda Sangeet Shiromani Award from Mumbai and KKMERS Young Achiever Award, are some of the feathers that Sounak has on his cap.

 

His unique trend setting blending of classical music and other forms of Bengali art music is a treat for the audience and shows his versatility as an artist. He has performed extensively in cities and venues all over India and the United States, Canada, UK, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Oman, Kuwait and Bangladesh. Some of the major concerts include the Dover Lane Music Conference (Kolkata), Uttarpara Sangeet Sammelan, Pt. Omkarnath Thakur Sangeet Sammelan(Bharuch), Haridas Swami Sangeet Sammelan(Mumbai), Surdhwani Raga Festival (UK 2005) NABC (USA 2009 and 2015) and Regional Bengali Conference (USA 2010), 150 Years of Tagore CAB – (USA 2011) Art Omi international Music Residency NY - USA(2011)India Festival (Baltimore 2011), to name just a few. 

 

Other than traditional stage performances, he has also emerged as a very successful ideator and script writer for composite programmes. These programmes go beyond just musical entertainments and address social and cultural issues from a broader perspective.

 

He has worked with personalities like Dhritiman Chaterji, Raima Sen, Rituparna Sengupta, Soumitra Chatterjee, Sankarlal Bhattacharya, Parambrata Chatterjee, Barun Chanda, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Tanmoy Bose, Purbayan Chatterjee, Subhen Chatterjee, Meeta Vasisht, Usha Uthup, Suman Mukherjee, Sudarshan Chakravorty and Pramita Mallick.

 

His music albums, published by top brand companies like - Times Music and Asha Audio, have been unique experiments in the field of Rabindrasangeet and have received nominations for best album awards.           

       

As an artist of the young generation Sounak wants to think beyond the stereotypical and challenge conventions. However in doing so, he is never in denial of his roots or the tradition of his Guru Gharanas. 

 

He wants to be different and with his academic and musical education, and a sense of responsibility for his art, he is one person who can make a difference to the world of arts today and contribute towards making it accessible to the younger generation.

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Releases

Raga Desh

Raga Bihag

Raga Multani

NUTON O SONATON - 3

Nuton o Sanatan - 2 (2012)

Nuton o Sanatan Rabindranath (2010)

Notun Pran (2011)

Shades of Tranquility (2008)

Nana Shurer Aakul Dhara - 2008

Bhora Badore - 2007

Kobir Aangone Raager Aalo - 2007

Awards& performances

MAJOR PRIZES AND AWARDS
    • 1st Prize for Vocal solo and Best promising Talent in Bosco Raag, interschool fest  organized by Don Bosco School – Kolkata (1997)
    • 1st Prize in Swar Prabhat Talent Contest organized by Salt lake Cultural Association  (1999)
    • 1st Prize in Talent Search by The Dover Lane Music Conference.
    • Awarded Ustad Amir Khan Award for The Best Vocalist and The Best Youngest Talent by   Newspaper Pratidin, in the same competition (1999).
    • Awarded National scholarship for senior students of Hindustani Classical music by  Department of Art and Culture, Govt. of India. (2002)
    • 1st Prize and awarded Title Surmani in the famous Kal-Ke-Kalakar music competition  organized by Sur Singar Sansad of Mumbai (2004).
    • Empanelled as an artist of the ICCR in both Hindustani Vocal (Khayal) and Rabindra  Sangeet (Songs of Rabindranath Tagore).
    • Winner and only recipient of 2006 Gyana Pravaha scholarship for young and promising  artists for Khayal.
    • Awarded The Shanmukha Sangeetha Shiromani Award by Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha in Mumbai - December 2015
    • Awarded the KKMERS Award for Excellence in Vocation in December 2016. 
    • A regular artist of Khayal at the All India Radio – Kolkata.
 
MAJOR PERFORMANCES
    • Ustad Bahadur Khan Music Conference (Kolkata) 1999
    • Salt Lake Music Festival – (Kolkata) 1999
    • Dover Lane Music Conference (For Young Talents) –  (Kolkata)2000
    • Dakshini Music Conference – (Kolkata) 2002
    • Swar-Vilas – (Vadodara) 2002
    • Pandit Omkarnath Thakur Sangeet Sammelan -  (Bharuch) 2002
    • Kal Ke Kalakar Sammelan - (Mumbai) 2004
    • Haridas Swami Sangeet Sammelan - (Mumbai) 2004
    • Pratibha Utsav – (Kolkata) 2004
    • Spicmacay State Convention - (Kolkata) 2004
    • SPICMACAY special concert and workshop for engineering  students at B.E. College (Shibpur) - 2004
    • Swaramayee Gurukul -  (Pune) 2004
    • Surodhwani Raaga Festival - (Wolverhampton, UK) 2005
    • Nehru Centre (London, UK) 2005
    • The Open University (Milton Keynes, UK) 2005
    • Nupur School of Music – (London, UK) 2005
    • Tagore Centre – (London, UK) – 2005
    • Ankur – Music Festival for young artists – (Kolkata) 2005
    • Dadar Matunga Cultural Centre Youth Festival - (Mumbai) 2006
    • Nehru Centre - (Mumbai) 2006
    • Concert by Chhandam at Shaw Theatre – 2006 (London, UK)
    • Performance at THE ARCH and American Academy of Indian Classical Music at New York City – 2006
    • Performed Khayal at India International Centre New Delhi – 2007
    • Toured US performing in Florida, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New Jersey and New York City (USA) – 2007.
    • Presented “Ki Ragini Bajale”, an interaction of Ragas and Rabindrasangeet, with Srikanto Acharya  and Rohini Roychowdhury in Kolkata in June 2008.
    • Performed classical solo in G D Birla Sabhagar (Kolkata) for Salt Lake Cultural Association in August 2008.
    • Performed at Belmont University, New Mexico State University, Dallas (Antorik), Detroit (Bichitra),    New Jersey (Kallol) and others during US Durga Puja tour 2008.
    • Performed at Naad-Brahma Sangeet Sammelan in Sodepur – WB. – December 2008.
    • Conceived and performed at “How Do I Love Thee”, a special show for Valentine’s Day, featuring Parambrata Chatterjee, Debleena Dutta, Raja, Shreya Guhathakurta and Sounak. The show was directed by Sankarlal Bhattacharjee. February 2009.
    • Performed at Bongo Sankriti Utsav - Mumbai. February 2009.
    • Performed at a solo Classical music concert arranged by Udayan and Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Yadgaar Sabha at the National Gallery of Modern Art – Mumbai 2009.
    • Performed at the NABC (Bongo Sanskriti Sammelan) in San Francisco in July 2009. 
    • Directed and performed at Rabindra Utsav 2009, a National festival of theatre, dance and music.
    • Conceived and performed in special Peace concert organized by ALSOC – ‘A  Shanti’ (a contemporized presentation on works of Tagore and others) on 26th November 2009, with Dhritiman Chaterji, Raima Sen and Pramita Mallick.
    • Performed and directed show ALLITERATIONS (a concept fusing English poetry and Tagore’s   compositions) for the Tagore Society – Singapore, with Pramita Mallick and actor Barun Chanda. December 2009.
    • Solo recital at ICCR Kolkata at a concert titled ‘Tomari Ragini – ‘Rabindrasangeet and Refraction of Ragas’. – December 2009.
    • Uttarpara Sangeet Sammelan – January 2010, sharing stage with the likes of Ust. Rashid Khan and Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia.
    • Presented and performed in SPRINGS OF LOVE, Chinton’s second Valentine’s Day special. Co-artists were  Purbayan Chatterjee, Jaya Seal Ghosh, Subhajyoti Guha, Anubrata Chatterjee, Rupashree Bhattacharya and Smt. Veena Kichlu. February 2010.
    • Performed at Times of India special series of concerts commemorating 150 years of Rabindranath Tagore in June 2010.
    • Performed at the first Regional Bengali Conference organized in Nashville Tennessee USA, in July 2010.
    • Performed at Malhar Utsav with Subhen Chatterjee, organized by Calcutta Club, Kolkata in July 2010.
    • Performed at Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, New Jersey and other cities in USA during fall concert tour – October 2010.
    • Classical concert at Krishnanagar Sangeet Sammelan - December 2010.
    • Performed at a special concert dedicated to Rabindranath Tagore’s 150 years at The Dover Lane Music conference – January 2011.
    • Basanta Utsav and Rabindra Jayanti celebrations in Toronto (Canada) April 2011.
    • Special Rabindra Jayanti Concert Tour conducted by the Cultural Association of Bengal (USA) in NYC, NJ and other US cities. – May 2011.
    • Participated in and represented India at an International Music residency at the Omi International Art Centre upstate New York along with 14 other musicians from different countries.
    • Performed at India Festival in Baltimore USA – November 2011.
    • Classical concert at Moore Avenue Music Conference, Kolkata – December 2011.
    • Concert for the Bengal Club in Mumbai – December 2011.
    • Special concert on 150 years of Rabindranath Tagore at Uttarpara Sangeet Sammelan - January 2012.
    • Ideated and performed at "A Rendezvous With A Raga" , a concert on Raga Bihag and its influences on different genres of music. Co artists - Srikanto Acharya, Indrani Sen and Rohini Raychaudhury. March 2012.
    • Performed at a classical Jugalbandi (duet) with santoor Maestro Sandip Chatterjee at Rebeca - College fest of Bengal Engeneering and Science University - Shibpur. - April 2012.
    • Performed at Jadavpur University Alumni Association Hyderabad Chapter Concert - August symphony - August 2012.
    • Concert Tour of USA - October- November 2012.
    • Solo Classical Concert for ICMDS at Raleigh (NC).
    • Classical Concert in Durgapur - December 2012.
    • Tagore Festival organized by Tagore Society Jamsedpur - December 2012.
    • Special Concert for 150th Birthday of Swami Vivekananda by Barrakpore Ramkrishna Vivekananda Mission at Science City auditorium Kolkata - January 2013.
    • Special Concert by Suro kavya Trust on the Birthday of Dilip Kumar Roy - January 2013. 
    • Concert on 100 Years of Indian Cinema at Calcutta Rowing Club -  February 2013. 
    • Directed and Performed at Chinton's 5th concert, "Colours of Spring" with Lopamudra Mitra, indrani Sen, Sandip Mallick, Shamik Pal and Bibhabendu Bhattacharjee.
    • Solo Concert for Bengali Association in Jakarta, Indonesia - April 2013.
    • Solo concert at Raj Bhavan Kolkata - April 2013. 
    • Solo concert in Singapore for Tagore Society - May 2013. 
    • Directed and performed for Green Earth (Shyamol Shukher Dhora) a multi starrer, multimedia show based on Rabindranath Tagore's thoughts on Man and his Environment. The show was dedicated to the World Environment Day. - June 2013. 
    • Performed Jugalbandi (Duet) classical and fusion based concert with Sandip chatterjee (Santoor) in Muscat (Oman) - April 2014.
    • Presented debut international concert of a new fusion concept - RAGASPHERE in Toronto - May 2014.
    • Performed at Bongo Sanskriti Utsav (Chicago) - May 2014.
    • Performed at Basanta Utsav - Washington DC - May 2014
    • Durga Puja Tour of USA with RAGASPHERE team - Fall season 2014
    • Solo Concert for officer's club Dhaka - November 2014
    • Solo Concert on Dilip Kumar Roy's birthday - Kolkata - January 2015
    • Solo Concert at Hazaribagh - February - 2015.
    • Solo concert on various forms of Bangla Gaan in India Habitat Centre - New Delhi.  - April 2015
    • Solo Concert for Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts - Bangalore - June 2015
    • Performed at NABC (Banga Sammelan) in Houston - July 2015
    • Durga Puja concert tour of New Delhi - October 2015
    • Performed for the President of India at the innauguration of Shiva Temple in Salkia (Howrah) - December 2015
    • Geetanjali Utsav in Shantiniketan - January 2016.
    • Solo concert tour of UK in summer- 2016
    • Solo concert tour in Australia (Sydney and Melbourbe) - July 2016.
    • India Festival in Singapore. Performed on influences on and of Tagore in traditional and contemporary music - December 2016.
    • Solo Concert tour of the UK in May-June 2017.
    • Directed and performed in Peace Concert in London - June 2018.
    • Solo concert tour in Australia (Sydney and Perth) July 2018.
    • Durga puja concert in Kuwait with Samya Karpha October 2018. 
    • Solo performance at Arth, a cultural fest of Zee TV in Kolkata. December 2018.
    • Performed and directed Ode to Joy, an International Peace Concert in Kolkata to mark 10 years of Chinton (Sounak's music school). 

    The above mentioned performances are just some of Sounak’s major music concerts. He regularly presents Classical Music, Rabindrasangeet and other forms of light classical or Bengali Art Music exclusively on numerous occasions in Kolkata and outside India as well.

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CHINTON

As an organization, Chinton is five years old and still in its infancy, but they have given the city some of the most exciting and novel presentations in music in the last few years beginning with their trend setting Valentine's Day shows and other programmes. Chinton set sail on February 2009 to celebrate love, to celebrate Valentine's Day in a way that the city of Kolkata probably never saw before. Chinton’s latest Spring concert - "Ronger Jhorna - Colours of Spring", on March 29th, 2013, rocked Kalamandir and has been one of their best productions. Chinton is the brain child of young vocalist Sounak. It is an attempt to propagate fine arts and music among youngsters today and create new audience and awareness for cerebral art music. Parallel to stage productions, Sounak has been quitely training his students in classical music and Ragas and Rabindrasangeet in seperate batches. He introduced and showcased them for the first time at the 2013 spring concert - "Ronger Jhorna". Sounak envisages a bright future for Chinton as an institution of art and music in the years to come as well and the seeds have already been sown. Transcending entertainment but not denying it, Chinton plans to continue on its journey with new shows and new ideas integrating fine arts and socialy relevant issues. Ther latest was also the biggest so far. "Green Earth - Shyamol Sukher Dhora", a concert dedicated to Global warming and the environment as depicted in the works of Rabindranath Tagore, was staged on June 8th, 2013. It was the talk of the town and one of the biggest concerts of the city this summer.




Chinton Events

GREEN EARTH -SHYAMOL SUKHER DHORA - JUNE 2013
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Ronger Jhorna - Colours of Spring March 2013
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A Rendezvous with A Raga
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PREMER HAATE DHORA DEBO - FEBRUARY 2011
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SPRINGS OF LOVE - FEBRUARY 2010
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HOW DO I LOVE THEE - FEBRUARY 2009
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Contact

  • SOUNAK 
     
    Telephone: +91-33-2462 1791 (Home - India)
                          +91-98305 93743     (Cell - India)
                          +1- 615-323-2753           (USA)
     
    Address: "Yojangandha"
                       Flat 3B
                       B. P. Township
                       Block N- 359
                       Kolkata 700094
                       India
     
                 
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Date: 2012-12-10 04:59:46
Name: Upasana Deb
Email: debsusmita25@yahoo.com
Comments: I am a fan of the classical music pieces you sing. I would like to know the date of upcoming program in Kolkata.


Date: 2012-10-19 12:04:01
Name: Sushanta Maji
Email: sushantamaji@hotmail.com
Comments: I recently heard Sounak's performance in Bay Area (USA). It was wonderful to say the least. Great voice. One suggestion though, it would be good to mix up the spiritual songs with some popular Rabindrasangeet or other kinds that are also spiritual but more known to general public. Wish Sounak national and international fame and success.


Date: 2012-06-29 00:22:35
Name: Somdatta Chattopadhyay
Email: somd_chatto@yahoo.in
Comments: Dear Sounak, Our family is admirer and well wisher of you. Are you taking classes of music? If so, please let me know the details of classes. Actually I have a daughter of 9years and I wish to admit my daughter in your class. God bless you. Somdatta Chattopadhyay


Date: 2012-05-04 22:08:06
Name: Debdeep Ray
Email: debdeep.black@gmail.com
Comments: I am a student of Bengal Engineering and Science university,Shibpur. I have watch your excellent jugolbondi performance. We are very much delighted. Thanks for giving us so much pleasure.


Date: 2012-05-15 08:44:59
Name: Subhas Ghosh
Email: subhasghosh054@gmail.com
Comments: you are the maestro for whom we have been waiting all these years.The rigorous training in Hindustani music matched with profound understanding of Rabi Thakurer Gaan with all its subtle nuances has made you a pathbreaking exponent of Eastern Music


Date: 2012-10-13 20:12:52
Name: Paramita Sarkar
Email: prsr2k12@gmail.com
Comments: had the chance to hear your mesmerising rendition of tagore's songs......wish you all the success ahead in life.....


Date: 2012-04-05 05:57:27
Name: Saprativ Som
Email: saprativ_37@tcs.com
Comments: You are excellent...The cd - 'natun o sanatan rabindranath' is a benchmark. I became mad after hearing 'Aji dakhino duar khola'.What a great presentation that is! I have found only 4 cd's by you. ( 3 from Times and 1 from gathani). We are waiting a long time for your new cd. Please hurry.... Also, if possible, please let me know if there is any more(4+) cd available in the market... Thanks, Saprativ 9836238293


Date: 2012-03-27 02:49:01
Name: suchetana gupta
Email: suchetana.gupta@gmail.com
Comments: Sounak Da Tomar website ta notun kore shajiechho..darun lagchhe dekhte.ar tomar gaaner toh fan boraborer :)


Date: 2012-12-10 04:59:46
Name: Upasana Deb
Email: debsusmita25@yahoo.com
Comments: I am a fan of the classical music pieces you sing. I would like to know the date of upcoming program in Kolkata.


Date: 2012-10-19 12:04:01
Name: Sushanta Maji
Email: sushantamaji@hotmail.com
Comments: I recently heard Sounak's performance in Bay Area (USA). It was wonderful to say the least. Great voice. One suggestion though, it would be good to mix up the spiritual songs with some popular Rabindrasangeet or other kinds that are also spiritual but more known to general public. Wish Sounak national and international fame and success.


Date: 2012-06-29 00:22:35
Name: Somdatta Chattopadhyay
Email: somd_chatto@yahoo.in
Comments: Dear Sounak, Our family is admirer and well wisher of you. Are you taking classes of music? If so, please let me know the details of classes. Actually I have a daughter of 9years and I wish to admit my daughter in your class. God bless you. Somdatta Chattopadhyay


Date: 2012-05-04 22:08:06
Name: Debdeep Ray
Email: debdeep.black@gmail.com
Comments: I am a student of Bengal Engineering and Science university,Shibpur. I have watch your excellent jugolbondi performance. We are very much delighted. Thanks for giving us so much pleasure.


Date: 2012-05-15 08:44:59
Name: Subhas Ghosh
Email: subhasghosh054@gmail.com
Comments: you are the maestro for whom we have been waiting all these years.The rigorous training in Hindustani music matched with profound understanding of Rabi Thakurer Gaan with all its subtle nuances has made you a pathbreaking exponent of Eastern Music


Date: 2012-10-13 20:12:52
Name: Paramita Sarkar
Email: prsr2k12@gmail.com
Comments: had the chance to hear your mesmerising rendition of tagore's songs......wish you all the success ahead in life.....


Date: 2012-04-05 05:57:27
Name: Saprativ Som
Email: saprativ_37@tcs.com
Comments: You are excellent...The cd - 'natun o sanatan rabindranath' is a benchmark. I became mad after hearing 'Aji dakhino duar khola'.What a great presentation that is! I have found only 4 cd's by you. ( 3 from Times and 1 from gathani). We are waiting a long time for your new cd. Please hurry.... Also, if possible, please let me know if there is any more(4+) cd available in the market... Thanks, Saprativ 9836238293


Date: 2012-03-27 02:49:01
Name: suchetana gupta
Email: suchetana.gupta@gmail.com
Comments: Sounak Da Tomar website ta notun kore shajiechho..darun lagchhe dekhte.ar tomar gaaner toh fan boraborer :)