Interview | ATHOI - the progressive folk band of Kolkata | WBRi Exclusive (Video)

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Subhomoy Mukherjee, WBRi Kolkata correspondent, talks to ATHOI - a progressive folk band of Kolkata.

Washington Bangla Radio has previously featured ATHOI along with their sound recordings available here.

The term Athoi means indefinite, limitless.ATHOI's goal is strictly the exploration of innumerable genres of folk music existent in the indian sub-continent and put it forward in such a manner that is acceptable and appealing to all.

In the age of globalization and transition,they aim to open all the closed doors of the unexplored ,unexplained and mysterious aspects of Indian folk music to the rest of the world. Since last 4 years, Athoi is working upon a new sound of Indian folk music keeping itself fully underground. Now Athoi is exposed not only as a musical band, rather it is a movement, a movement of exploring the glorious tradition of Folk songs of Bengal. Athoi is composing new lyrics and tunes in a contemporary form. Along with it, Athoi is in search of folk singers and musicians of the new generation who are talented but still unexposed.

Athoi are:

Athoi - Chinmoy 
MondolChinmoy Mondal (drummer)

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23 years. A benevolent follower of world music. Beating the tom and snare with sticks under the guidance of Sri Anindya Hazra for six years. Apart from participating in various band competitions, he has also performed with well known musicians of Kolkata. Athoi’s rare genre has given him a great platform.

Athoi - Indranil BanerjeeIndranil Banerjee (violinist)

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21 years. Fiddling since childhood. A student of western classical music. Presently developing his skill in oriental classical music prevalent in india under the guidance of Sri Subhas Seal. Athoi is now his platform to express his creativity and solidarity.

Athoi - Sandip Raj RoySandeep Raj Roy (percussionist)

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24 years. A candid professional when it comes to oriental and Latin leather instruments. Taking ‘talim’ since 1996 and a favorite student of Sri Manojit Dutta. Tremendous stage experience and performance ratings. Athoi’s regular rhythmic experimentation and fractions have carved a pathway of extreme rhythmic salvation for him.

Athoi - Rohan SenRohan Sen (guitarist)

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Playing guitar for about 10 years. Originally from Silchar, Assam. He was formerly trained in Indian classical (vocal). Later concentrated in guitar seriously. His interest lies in jazz, blues & world music. Athoi has given him a dream platform where he would wish to explore his musical spectrum.

Athoi - Shoumik DeySoumik Dey (Tatai) : bass guitarist

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21 years. Trained by renowned bass guitarists of Kolkata, starting from Carlton Kitto and recently improvising bass tones in Indian classical music. Performed with renowned bands and solo singers. Composed music in some ad jingles and in a couple of short films. Athoi is proud to have him as the bassist and the music director of its debut album.

Athoi - Sudip BakshiSudip Bakshi (vocalist)

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Singing is his passion when he was a 10 year old child. Trained in Indian classical music under Sri Ram Gobindo Chakraborty. Besides singing, he is a lyricist and composer too. He is also a well known painter and sculptor. His voice is no doubt, the cream of Athoi’s folk vision.

Formerly, we have said that Athoi is trying to explore the hidden talents of Bengal in the arena of folk music. In this venture, they have found Lakshman Das Baul, from Bolpur in Birbhum district, who has worked with them in their debut album. His voice needs no explanation how unique it is. Athoi are proud to have him and his extraordinary playing of dotara and khamok in the album.

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