I am a self-taught musician adept at playing a range of string instruments such as Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Dotara and Ektara.
I think of music as another medium of reaction-diffusion transport and human migrations. The folk music traditions in Bengal, for instance have been heavily influenced by migrations from mainland India, the Middle-East and from the traditions of the people in the foothills of the north-eastern Himalayas.
I am endlessly intrigued by the folk traditions, stories, anecdotes and songs of rural Bengal. Having spent a considerable amount of time during my childhood in different villages across Bankura, I have an innate attraction towards rural traditions, songs and stories derived from the simple pleasures, overflowing emotions, pathos and poignance of the indigenous communities across the land. The music derived from the colors and festivities of Charak, Horibol, Harinaam, Kirtan, Bhadu, Tushu and Hul is a constant source of joy. In the future, I plan to create an online archive for some of these folk stories and songs.
I intermittently upload music videos in my YouTube channel.
I intermittently blog about my personal and political in this website.
During my PhD studies at Virginia Tech, I was part of a graduate school band named Panda Bag.
I have served as the volunteer for the Association for India's development (AID). My responsibilities include field work and site visits, selecting and shortlisting projects, organizing fundraisers. Association for India’s Development (AID) is a volunteer driven organization which provides financial and and other kinds of relief to NGOs providing developments at the grass-root level in India.
In the Summer of 2017, I visited a tribal village in India, named Amlasole. The region had suffered from water deprivation and food scarcity in the past. AID has helped to build a watershed project in the region for sustainable development of the community. One of the central components of the project is a school built for providing basic education to the children in the village. The project and the school is supervised by Dr. Arup Roy, who has made extensive curriculum to teach elementary mathematics, science, english and regional languages to the students. I was fortunate to participate in a teaching session at the village school. The joy of teaching the science behind basic physical phenomenon such as rainfall to wide-eyed, enthusiastic children, is something quite fascinating. You can read about my detailed experience here.