Sounak is a leading 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 (notably USA) his regular television appearances and his recent albums that have topped charts in leading music stores of the city 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, and the Gyana Pravaha Scholarship, 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 venues in India and all over the United Statesand Canada, in Singapore, Indonesia and the UK, including 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 Regional Bengali Conference (USA 2010), 150 Years of Tagore CAB – (USA 2011) Art Omi international Music Residency NY - USA(2011)India Festival (Baltimore 2011) etc.
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, and Pramita Mallick.
His music albums, published by top brand companies like - Times Music (solo album) and Asha Audio (featuring Soumitra Chatterjee and Chaiti Ghosal), have been unique experiments in the field of Rabindrasangeet exploring horizons that have never been explored before.
As an artist of the young generation Sounak wants to think beyond the stereotypical and challenge the conventions which he already has in his projects. 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.
Website – www.sounak.com;
www.facebook.com/sounakchattopadhyay and http://www.facebook.com/sounak.chattopadhyay.2 -(2nd Profile)