Apratim Mukhopadhyay: Singer-Songwriter-Composer From Kolkata

Click on Play to listen to Apratim Mukherjee & his songs
WBRi On-Demand Audio Broadcast Service

Apratim MukhopadhyayGermantown, Maryland, Feb 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Apratim Mukhopadhyay is a Kolkata-based modern Bengali singer-songwriter, musician, poet,  TV presenter, and Entrepreneur.

Early Life

Apratim was born on 19th of March to Late Sailendranath Mukhopadhyay and Maya Mukhopadhyay. He did his masters from Institute of Science, Visva Bharati Santiniketan, and then obtained an MBA from one of the premier business schools of India . He worked in Pune, Mumbai, before settling down at Kolkata to start something on his own (www.entercerebrum.tv) at Kolkata.

Musical Life

Apratim's father late Sailendra Nath Mukhopadhyay was his first teacher in Music. His mother was a classical guitarist. Both of his parents were Academicians and worked as head of departments of Bengali and History of reputed institutions respectively till retirement. He formally got trained in  music since at the age of 5. He was trained by various renowned exponents on Tagore and Hindustani Classical Music since his childhood.His association with musical performance goes as long back  as in Sishu Mohol aired at/by All India Radio. He is a song writer and have three albums  on credit. Abhiseker tor e is one of his recent albums, the first of its kind from this part of the country,published and available on web . It has incorporated a different musical arrangement blended with a traditional full throat ed rendition of Tagore song. (www.apratim.in). He has been fortunate to receive intense training in Music from Noted exponents like Sri Nitish Dutta Roy, Sri Sujit Chakraborty, Smt Swastika Mukhopadhyay. He is currently getting trained in Classical Music under the tutelage of Sri Aniruddha Bhattacharyay.

He started performing as a Singer song writer post to the year 1995.  He picked up threads from his contemporary write ups and wrote the first song, presented as a part of the farewell ceremony of the class of 1995 at Santiniketan, Visva Bharati. He is highly influenced by singers whose stylization reflects a full throat ed, spontaneous rendition of songs in line with the same being taught and followed at Santiniketan . He is extremely influenced by poetic nature of lyric as it exists in Modern Bengali Poetry and believes that song writers of Moden Bengali Songs have a lot to learn from the most advanced form its counterparts in poetry. He strongly believes that music is an extension of self and needs to be nurtured with a sense of passion and reality. He has traveled worldwide as a part of his profession and deeply influenced and inspired by umpteen number of musicians in different part of the globe. His public performance goes back as early as 1984. He participated in numerous concerts in Kolkata, Bangladesh and elsewhere in India. He was the anchor and planner of a very successful television show,  a biweekly musical magazine, screened by one of the leading television channels of Bengal. He was invited as  guest at numerous live tele chat shows on television and honored by one of the leading national FM stations as Artist of the week for a week.

Personal Life

www.apratim.in is the right representative of the kind of person he is . Every line has been drafted by him (unlike in most of the sites where the content writers crafted standard literature for managing or developing brand equity of a singer).According to him, he is foody and unrealistic. He takes pride in creative work that he pursues and intends to continue till he can contribute to the domain. He is a firm believer of theory of justice . He lives at Kolkata with his momMaya Mukherjee and wife Dr. Sumana Mukherjee.

Discography :-
Aankora Nanarag
Apratim er khunsuti
Abhiseker tor e (www.apratim.in)
General Cultural Activities :-
Since childhood he is associated with different form of cultural activities (be it writing poetry or performing on stage as an actor,). He has taken active role in almost all kinds of festivals since his school days. Santiniketan provided him right kind of impetus to shape up his musical abilities. His association with poetry, theater eventually shaped up his creative pursuits and make him a better musician and song writer.

Other than Music

He believes digitization of content, emergence of technology and changing method of consumption of entertainment content are creating a new kind of ecosystem for media and entertainment services in the world and in Asia Pacific in particular. He is a part of  various forums and ecosystem that talk about entrepreneurship and believes in the Great Indian Dream of Entrepreneurship. He loves to chat over coffee or wine, open to listen to point of views opposite to his own and strongly believes in working with people with complimentary skills. He loves reading biographies and treats Internet as next to God.