• Friday, October 31, 2014

In love with rock music

Sukanta Chanda and his band “Chhuti” at play

Zahangir Alom
Chhuti, Band

Promising Chittagong- based band Chhuti began its journey in 2004. The band was founded by front-man and rhythm guitarist Sukanta Chanda who began his music career in 2000. In his teens, Sukanta attended a number of major concerts by noted bands of Bangladesh, held at the Chittagong and CHT regions. From then, he dreamt of forming a band of his own.

Born in Chittagong in 1984 to Doli Chanda and Swapan Chanda, Sukanta's childhood was spent in the heart of nature. His creative vision flourished through writing rhymes, poems and lyrics. He started learning music when he was a student of class six.

“Music is the reflection of my pain and pathos. My father died in 1998; I was a class eight student back then. I would feel very lonely at that time. To avert that loneliness, inspired by my mother, I got involved with music seriously,” said Sukanta

Sukanta was baptized in sargam lessons by Milon Majumdar. Later, he learnt classical music under the tutelage of Nirmalendu Chowdhury. He also took basic guitar lessons from Dipankar and further embellished his expertise in guitar by taking lessons from Pappu and late Sachchu.

Chhuti's forte focuses on several genres -- mellow rock, patriotic and rock-classical fusion. An audio album featuring nine original tracks is in the pipeline. The unreleased tracks of the album include -- “Chhuti”, “Nei Kichhu”, “Mridu Chhondey Poth Chola”, “Bhumi”, “Bohudur” and “Achin Groher Achin Manush”.  

“I have written, composed and recorded the most songs while our band member late Sayeed lent his voice to a song besides playing the lead guitar for all the tracks. My friend Prabir also wrote a song 'Bohudur' for our album.”

“The album will be released in the audio bazaar soon under the label of G-Series. Alongside performing songs on stage, we are now busy with making music videos as well,” said Sukanta.         

The present line-up of the band is: Jiko Acharya (drums), Joytu Sharma (lead guitar), Bashudeb Rakshmit (bass guitar); Shiblu (keyboard), Rony (vocal) and Sukanta Chanda (vocal and rhythm guitar).

Apart from performing their songs, the band regularly performs English tracks by world famous bands and artistes including Queen, Eagles, Scorpions, Dream Theatre, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi and Michael Jackson. Members of Chhuti also love to perform both English and Bangla tracks of noted Bangladeshi bands Miles, Warfaze and Shironamhin.

Published: 12:00 am Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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