In the city
Chats with bass guitarist Mainak Nag Chowdhury and young artist Abisha Ghosh
Mainak Nag Chowdhury the bass guitarist of Kolkata- based music band Kendraka speaks to Tithi Sarkar about the band, the music and their upcoming documentary Kendraka: Inside the Nucleus.
Q. Tell us about your music and band members.
A. Our music is a confluence of various cultural influences: rural folk of Bengal, jazz, rock, blues, Afro- Brazilian though the predominant inspiration right now is Hindustani and Carnatic music. The band has five members— Bodhisattwa Ghosh and Nishad Pandey on guitar, Jivraj Satya Singh on drum, Soumyajyot Ghosh as flautist and me on bass.
Q: Tell us about your upcoming documentary.
A: The documentary is an honest story about what and why we are the way we are, both individually and collectively. Directed by Shantanu Bhattacharya and Poulami Mukherjee, it is an hourlong presentation about everything from the inception of the band to the confirmation of our first Europe tour in 2011. Q. Any future plans? A: Our second album is due for release in February 2012. Also coming up is a tour of Europe and South East Asia in 2012.
(Left to right) Nishad Pandey, Jivraj Singh, Bodhisattwa Ghosh and Mainak Nag