A dif­fer­ent tune

India Today - - SIMPLY KOLKATA -

“I have never re­garded my mu­sic as main­stream”

Even af­ter his smash hit song Aa­maake aa­maar ( Au­to­graph, 2010) had as­sumed an­them-like pop­u­lar­ity among lis­ten­ers of Ben­gali mu­sic, Anu­pam Roy, the man be­hind those fa­mous lines went back to his Ban­ga­lore work­sta­tion at Texas In­stru­ments. An elec­tron­ics en­gi­neer from Ja­davpur Univer­sity, Roy’s mu­sic has been much like Mary’s lit­tle lamb: fol­low­ing him wher­ever he went. Roy has now quit his job and is a full-time singer and song­writer. THE JOUR­NEY Roy has his own style which is in­flu­enced by Ben­gali mu­sic as well as rock. “It amazes me when I see rick­shaw pullers singing Aa­make aa­maar with as much pas­sion as wealthy ex­ec­u­tives,” he says. “I had never imag­ined my words would have such wide­spread res­o­nance.” Roy grew up lis­ten­ing to the Ben­gali bands, Kabir Su­man and Salil Chowd­hury as much as REM, and Pink Floyd. Ex­po­sure to these dif­fer­ent gen­res of mu­sic is what shaped his unique style. Af­ter a string of suc­cess­ful numbers in Au­to­graph, Chalo Pal­tai and Baishe Srabon, Roy is now fo­cus­ing on his mu­si­cal ca­reer. Con­tact: aroyfloyd.blogspot.com

sec­ond opinion

“Among the cur­rent crop of new song­writ­ers, Anu­pam Roy

is ahead of most of them”

ANINDYA CHAT­TER­JEE, LEAD SINGER, CHAN­DRA­BINDOO

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