Interview: KAYA Kolkata Bangla Band talk to Tapan Bera, President of Sanskriti of Washington DC, USA

Germantown, Maryland, October 19, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Kolkata Bangla Band KAYA known for their pioneering Bengali folk-fusion songs delivered a spectacular concert at the Sanskriti Durga Puja on Oct 16, 2010 in Washington DC, USA.

KAYA explain in this interview hosted by Tapan Bera, President, Sanskriti Bengali Association of Washington DC Metro area, how the experience of their 2nd USA tour is different from the first one, in terms of fantastic audience response and ambience. They convey their appreciation of the audience participation and the unique experience of having the audience singing along with them - aspects of their shows that are rare.

After listening to the interview above, also check out WBRi exclusive Kaya's interview and concert recording from their 2007 live concert in Washington DC and glimpses of their live performance in the 2010 Kaya concert in Washington DC.

The Kaya members express how Kaya is their mind, body and family.

Founded in 2002, Kaya rose spectacularly in the Bengali folk-fusion band scneario in Kolkata. All of their albums released have been huge successes. Kaya (2003), Sha Na Na (2004), Dhuk Puk (2005), Hasnuhana (2007), Kaya Lok (2008), Baulia (2009), Khoj (2010).

You can download Purple Music songs and albums from WBRi online digital store in MP3 format.

Kaya is the winner of BIG Bangla Rock/Pop song of the year at IDEA BIG BANGLA MUSIC AWARDS held at Science City auditorium, Kolkata on Aug 13th, 2010. KAYA also composed and performed the music in Bappaditya Bandopadhyay's National Award winning film HOUSEFULL (2009) in which playback singer NILANJANA SARKAR received the best playback singer (female) award.

Kaya are:

RajuSubir (right) and Arindam (left)ArchanBubai

Arindam – Bass, Lyrics: Started learning Jazz under Kingshuk Dasgupta followed by Blues and Rocks from Amit Dutta. Besides learning fusion music from David Jackson, Arindam learned Jazz from Cariton Kitto and performed worldwide.

Subir – Flute: Started his musical career with Flute under the famous Pt. Debaprosad Bandhopadhyay. The Gold Medalist Subir was placed First Class First from the Instrumental Department of Rabindra Bharati University.

Subhasis (Bubai) – Percussion: Started learning drup playing under the tutelage of the Great Drum Player, Amal Roy. Turned into a professional drum player since 1992 and performed in India and abroad.

Raju – Lead Guitar: Started learning under Carlton Kitto and Benu Chatterjee. Raju, the son of famous music director Durbadal Chatterjee, has experienced of playing music under some of the noted music directors of Kolkata.

Archan – Vocals: Started learning from his childhood from Abhijit Bandopadhyay and Ajay Das. He received HMV Talent Hunt Award. Archan has done many stage shows throughout India.

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