Saptarshi Mukherjee is one of the most promising vocalists today and has lent his voice to several hit Bengali film songs. Within a span of a few years, Saptarshi has carved out a niche for himself, having worked with all leading music directors like Debojyoti Mishra, Anupam Roy, Kabir Suman and others.
Born in a Bengali middle class family, Saptarshi was reared in a musical ambience by the family members. His whole family was musically inclined and they imbibed in him a knack to appreciate and to understand good music since a very early age. Saptarshi, admittedly, has been hugely influenced by national and international music maestros like Rabindranath Tagore, Lalan Fakir, Kabir Suman, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel in the initial years.
Saptarshi was also hugely encouraged by his school which stirred the interest in music. He honed his skills in acoustic guitar and started playing in school fests. This was followed by two years’ training in classical music under the tutelage of Aniruddha Bhattacharya and later under Kabir Suman in popular music. Saptarshi’s brief learning stint with Suman opened him up to a new vista of Bengali and world music and enriched his repertoire.
Saptarshi has won accolades from the Bengali music fraternity for his dynamic rendering of songs. He has also cut a private album while regularly singing playback in Bengali films. He is one of the most sought after playback singers today and has performed live in concerts at Kolkata, New Delhi, Bengaluru and other major Indian cities.
Besides learning music, Saptarshi pursued his academics. Obtaining a masters in economics from the Delhi School of Economics and is a banker in one of the leading MNCs at Kolkata. Amid all his professional and music commitments, Saptarshi manages to find time for the youth wing of Sanlaap, a civil rights organisation which works for children from the red light areas.
The ace vocalist has recently formed his band Machhranga
and has released a self-titled album.
--- Prabuddha Neogi