Kohal (band)

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Sudipto performing in Kohal (2008)

Kohal is an Indian band, based in Bangalore. It was founded in 2007 by Sudipto Das.[1] It was named after a rare Raga in Hindustani Classical Music. It's "a convergence of amateur but passionate musicians".[2]


The band traces its origin to the Eastern Technology Music Society (ETMS), the official band of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur). Sudipto Das and few others were members during their undergraduate years in the 1990s. Later, when they settled in Bangalore, Kohal was formed as "an adda of amateur musicians [that would] transcend all conventional boundaries of music and aim at entertaining people with any and every genre of music."[1]


Sudipto Das has been a member[3][4] of Kohal since its inception. A violinist trained in Western Classical Music, Das is an accomplished author, having written two novels The Ekkos Clan and The Aryabhata Clan, a composer[5][6] and an entrepreneur as well[7] and a TED speaker.[8]

Kanishka Lahiri (base), Ranjita Bhagwan (vocals), Ashwani Sharma (drums) and Kamalesh Ghosh (lead guitar) are the other members who performed in Kohal's debut show in 2007.[1][9]

Few members of Kohal played an active role in the formation of a pan IIT music band[10] in Bangalore.[11]


Kohal in a performance (2010)

Kohal perform every year at events in Bangalore since 2007.[12][13] Apart from cover versions in diverse genres like "Bollywood retro, Rabindra Sangeet, folks of various parts of India, Adele, Norah Jones, Elvis"[1] they perform original compositions by Sudipto.[14] Among their notable performances are verses from the Rig Veda[15] and the lesser known later verses of India's National Anthem.[16][17]


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  2. "Mathematical cues". Asian Age. 2018-01-31. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  3. Datta, Sravasti (2013-09-25). "History de-coded". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  4. "Sudipto Das – Ink & Papyrus". niyogibooksindia.com. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  5. "War Time Tales | Indulge". indiatimeline.tripod.com. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  6. Sudipto Das (2014-12-02), Schweyk in the Second World War (Auroville production: songs audio), retrieved 2018-02-22
  7. Das, Sudipto. "Sudipto Das". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  8. "TEDxBMSCE | TED". www.ted.com. Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  9. "Kohal - the all-in-one Band". kohal-the-band.blogspot.in. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  10. "It's an 11th Hour passion | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  11. "IIT is a Bindaas set-up!". Deccan Chronicle. 2018-02-27. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  12. "Kohal". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  13. "Kohal - YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-02-20.
  14. Sarathi Socio-Cultural Trust (2016-10-20), Durga Puja Bangalore, 2016 | Kohal Band | Instrumental Original Composition by Sudipto, retrieved 2018-02-20
  15. Sudipto Das (2012-02-05), Kohal 2011 Sarathi - Part I, retrieved 2018-02-20
  16. Sudipto Das (2009-10-29), Kohal: Ahoraho Tabo Ahoban, retrieved 2018-02-20
  17. "Back in the days of..." Deccan Chronicle. 2018-03-27. Retrieved 2018-03-27.

External links[edit]

  1. Videos of performances over the years
  2. Blog

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