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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.

SUVASHIS Mul­lick/www.in­di­a­to­day­im­ages.com

(Left to right) Nishad Pandey, Jivraj Singh, Bod­hisattwa Ghosh and Mainak Nag

Chowd­hury

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