Monday Jazz Monday Blues: 24 January 2011


24 January 2011

@ SOMEPLACE ELSE, The Park, Kolkata

9:00 pm onwards



Kendraka is the Sanaskrit word for a nucleus – the nucleus of creation of the nascent mind , of Mainak “Bumpy” Nag Chowdhury who willingly traverse beyond the boundaries of space, time and genre. It’s the spontaneous, contemporary Indian – Jazz – Fusion language that speaks through powerful expressions of human emotions, captivated in fluid rhythms and cross-planer melodies.

Kendraka is not just a band, its an attempt to capture the true change of shades of emotions one experiences through the journey in life.

Kendraka promises an experience of the confluence of the different cultural influences (Hindustani & Carnatic classical music, hardcore rural folk of West Bengal, of that of Purulia and Bankura, the urban folk of Kolkata, Jazz, Rock, Blues, RnB, Afro – Brazilian and even integrating Indian Classical dance form-Bharatanatyam) set to the backdrop of the modern complex urban thematic metamorphosis with emphasis on spontaneity and improvisation. Through the brave and spontaneous attempts of admixture of different cultures and lifestyles of featured musicians and the complex ever evolving “cosmopolitan” yet “root consious Bengali-Indian” conciousness of the composer and contributors, which also includes Mainak’s National Scholar Awardee (from the Govt. Of India) and Bharatanatyam dancer wife Arupa, Kendraka, always tries to capture the truth, the core spiritual-existential truth, at every given point in time of performance. Thus its ever changing … change is the only constant force in life.


Mainak is a disciple of Mridangist, Pt s. Shekhar of Kolkata and also singer and music composer, Kalaimammani Awardee from the Govt of India, late. R . Visweswaran of Chennai and Pratyush Banerjee, renowned Sarod player of Kolkata. Mainak Nag Chowdhury, also known as ‘Bumpy’ in the national and international music scene, has worked extensively as a bass player and music producer in countries like China, Belgium, Bangladesh, France, Germany, Indonesia, United Kingdom, United States and United Arab Emirates apart from performing across the length and breadth of India. Of some of his performance venues are the internationally acclaimed venues of Palace De Bozar (Brussels), The Vortex (London), La Prato (Lille), Trubador (London), The British Museum (London), University of East Anglia (Norwich), Puskin Room (London), Lincoln Room (USIS kolkata), A trane (Berlin), Someplace Else (Kolkata), The Blue Frog (Mumbai), Olive beach (Bangalore), B flat ( Bangalore), Sheehsa (Pune), Indian Habitat Centre (New Delhi), San Jose McEnery Convention Center (San Jose), B flat (Berlin), Indian Embassy (Berlin), The Pasaraya Convention Centre (Jakarta), Cafe Morrison (New Delhi), Hard Rock Cafe (Mumbai), ICIF2010, (Shenzhen), Opus (Pune), NCPA (Mumbai), Bandung Jazz Festival (Bandung), Convention Centre (Jogyakarta) to name a few.

He has shared stage with the likes of Grammy Nominee Pt Tanmoy Bose (Pandit Ravi Shankar’s tabla player’s project Taaltantra), Taufiq Qurashi, Grammy Nominee Pt Debashish Bhattacharya, Pt Chitresh das, Jason Samuel Smith (USA), Amit Heri, Dhruv Ghanekar ,Grammy Nominee Pt Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Brian Melvin (U.S.A/Estonia), Amit Chaudhuri’s This is not Fusion, and has his own duo pop-rock chart-buster vernacular album with Rupam (Titled “RnB”) and much acclaimed folk project MNCFE (Mainak Nag Chowdhury Folk Ensemble)


He is a student of nationally acclaimed Guitar player & composer Amyt Datta and, Pratyush Banerjee, renowned Sarod player of Kolkata . Bodhisattwa has worked as a guitar player with internationally acclaimed tabla player Pt Tanmoy Bose in and away from India, apart from his own pop project Crystal Grass.


He is considered to be one of the most fearlessly inventive drummers in the country and is featured with Hindustani classical greats like Pt. Chitresh das and Jason Samuel Smith’s Indian jazz suites, Grammy nominee Pt. Tejendra Narayan Majumdar, Grammy awardee Pt Vishwamohan Bhatt, apart from his other projects namely Skinny Alley and Pink Noise.


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033-40049000 (Someplace Else)
9748195596 (Murshed – Littlei)