Pseudonym is a band from Kolkata, India, with an outright inclination towards progressive/alternative music, with a special focus on instrumentals. Pseudonym was formed in September 2006 by five music enthusiasts: Damayanti Chakravarty (vocals), Sompratim Das (vocals, guitars), Devapriya Sinha (vocals, guitars), Roheet Mukherjee (bass) and Rajan Bhaumik (drums). This band is aiming to set a different note in the world of contemporary music with a totally fresh perspective, and is ready to face the challenges that will inevitably come its way. The name was unanimously agreed upon as the band relates to the philosophy of creating new dimensions in music with some bigger truths hidden inside. Thus the name Pseudonym does gel flamboyantly with the band itself.
Devapriya - The 28 year old frontline guitarist is by far the most senior and experienced musician amongst the band members. Devapriya, a student of guitar maestro Mr. Sumith Ramachandran, has also learnt bass from Mr. Mainak (Bumpy) Nag Chowdhury and Latin jazz from Mr. Monojit Datta. A passionate musician, Devapriya is inspired by eminent guitarists like Joe Satriani, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Brett Garsed, John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Allan Holdsworth, T.J. Helmerick, Shawn Lane, Steve Lukather, Yngwie Malmsteen and many others. Hardworking and determined, this musician has also played in bands like Kshetra, Cross Country, Liquid Dreams, Blue Sky (New Delhi), Illusion and Orient Express.
Damayanti - the 22 year old vocalist, is singing for five years now. Although a self-taught vocalist, she has been bagging various school and college fest awards since a long time. She had sung for bands like Shaiva and Liquid Dreams prior to Pseudonym. Damayanti is inspired by Alanis Morissette, Sarah McLachlan, Meredith Brooks, Joe Satriani and also bands like Dream Theater, Lacuna Coil, Collective Soul, and The Cranberries.
Rajan, who is also one of the newer faces of the Kolkata music scenario, is an eager learner and music enthusiast. This 28 year old drummer is a student of Mr. Monojit Datta, and is also inspired by many musicians across the globe. Some of his favourites are Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Neil Peart (Rush), Jose Pasillas (Incubus), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, and Terry Bozzio among others. Prior to Pseudonym Rajan has played in bands like Agnish and Kshetra.
Sompratim - The promising 26 year old vocalist and guitarist of the band is a comparatively new face in the music circuit. This self-taught humble vocalist likes to be considered a guitar student of Devapriya, the other guitarist of the band. He is highly influenced by the music of Pink Floyd, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai and John Petrucci. Sompratim has also sung for bands like Liquid Dreams and Kshetra before Pseudonym.
Roheet, the youngest member of the band though playing for just two years now, has already made a mark. The 19 year old bassist is learning from Mr. Willy Walters. In this short span before playing for Pseudonym he had also shared his talent with bands like Evolution and Blitz Krieg. A few of the favorites of Roheet are Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller and the band Dream Theater from whom he draws the inspirations.
Learn more about this promising new band at myspace. You can also check out their video channel and browse through their official web album.
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I Love Kolkata [Dot] in (www.ilovekolkata.in) recently featured Pseudonym at their website. You can read the articles here and here.
At the INOX, City Center, Kolkata, the band bagged a Fender Stratocaster guitar, signed by Farhan Akhtar for best original performance for its songs Ants In A Queue and Moonwalk.
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Without further ado, here’s hoping that the music will speak for itself ...
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