Singing sen­sa­tion

India Today - - SIMPLY KOLKATA -

This year Akash Ma­jum­dar walked away with the top hon­ours in pi­ano, gui­tar and Western vo­cals at Crescendo, the city’s big­gest in­ter-school mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion. “All credit must go to my mother for in­tro­duc­ing me to the world of mu­sic,” says Ma­jum­dar, whose lineage com­prises le­gendary mu­sic di­rec­tor Nachiketa Ghosh and Cof­fee House cre­ator Su­parna Kanti Ghosh.

THE JOUR­NEY While he has been play­ing the pi­ano since he was five, he picked up the gui­tar and sax­o­phone only later while stay­ing in the US. “When I saw Saif Ali Khan play an elec­tric gui­tar on TV, I de­cided I wanted to do that too,” he grins. At the age of 10, he be­came a mem­ber of the National Guild of Pi­anists and was in­ducted into the in­ter­na­tional guild a year later. Hav­ing com­pleted Grade 8 in pi­ano and mu­sic the­ory from Trinity Guild­hall, he is now work­ing on Grade 8 pi­ano and the­ory of As­so­ci­ated Board of Royal School of Mu­sic. Ma­jum­dar’s range of in­ter­ests is not con­fined to mu­sic alone: he holds a black belt in karate, scripts plays and is a quizzing en­thu­si­ast. He is also a class top­per in Cal­cutta In­ter­na­tional School and counts Math­e­mat­ics as his favourite sub­ject.

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sec­ond opinion

“Akash plays the pi­ano with an un­matched pas­sion. He is will­ing to ac­cept con­struc­tive crit­i­cism and in­cor­po­rates that feed­back to im­prove his per­for­mances” ARUP MI­TRA JOINT HEAD OF WESTERN MU­SIC SEC­TION, CAL­CUTTA SCHOOL OF MU­SIC “Ev­ery artist de­serves to have their own space”

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