Artist of the Month
Utsab Das

First things first, Utsab Das is a doctor by profession and a singer by passion. He hails from a family where both his grandparents were doctors and his mother a singer. Utsab discovered happiness in both.

Born to music loving parents in Kollkata, Utsab fell in love with the notes at a very early age. His first rendezvous with music was by hearing her mother’s riyaz (practice). She was a pupil of Subhas Choudhury and Rabindra Sangeet stalwart Maya Sen. Utsab, in fact, learned some of the most difficult Rabindra Sangeet compositions at a very young age. In fact, he learnt just by loitering near his mother during her practices sessions. She noticed her son’s interest in music and called him to join the practice. Utsab later took vocal training from Ajoy Chakraborty and Jayanta Sarkar at Shrutinandan for seven years.   

Utsab also excelled in his studies and earned good grades in his school. He earned top spots in a mathematics talent search competition for three consecutive years. While in the seventh grade, he stood first from Kolkata in the National Talent Search competition, and later went on to crack the joint entrance exam in 2006 earning the 675th rank.  

It was only after the exam that Utsab took to Rabindra Sangeet under the tutelage of Swagatalakshmi Dasgupta. He pursued music along with his studies. In 2007, Utsab came first among the male participants in Tara Muzik’s Robikiran contest, and became a regular artiste of the channel. He twice stood first in the prestigious West Bengal Rajya Sangeet Academy competition on 2008 and 2010. This was followed by other competitions. Utsab became an empanelled artiste of the All India Radio in three different categories (Rabindra Sangeet, Atulprasad, and Rajanikanta), when he was just 25.

Utsab cut is debut album Prano Bhorie in 2011. The album’s music was arranged by veteran composer Kalyan Sen Barat who also directed it. The album was well received by the audience. Utsab’s deep and full voice earned praises. His debut music video also generated good hits on YouTube and Tara Muzik. It was a watershed year for Utsab who earned his MBBS degree and also started making his mark as a singer. He was invited by all major TV channels, including Channel 10, Kolkata TV, Star Plus, TTVN, ETV and national broadcaster Doordarshan to perform live. He also became a regular artiste in all Tagore memorial programmes as Jorasanko, Town Hall, and other prominent venues.

Utsab, always keen to break fresh grounds, started learning Atulprasad from eminent singers like Nupurchhanda Ghosh, Dilip Kumar Roy, and Archana Bhowmik. He also learned folk from Abhijit Bose, who fine tuned his Tagore songs and semi-classicals.

Utsab has struck a fine balance between his profession and passion. He attends patients and also continues to sing at prominent programmes. Utsab has performed in several cities across the country and has earned accolades for his style of singing. He is among the few musicians who can effortlessly straddle several genres of music with equal élan. His semi-classical renditions have earned applause from enthusiasts.  

--- Prabuddha Neogi


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