Soul Sufiana: 16 December 2011

Anjali Mental Health Rights Organisation


6:30 PM onwards on Friday 16th December 2011 at Mohar Kunj, Kolkata.



BAHOK is comprised of Anusheh Anadil’s unique musical associations. These musicians from around the world will perform Anusheh’s own compositions, as well as baul songs by Lalon Shai and other mystic poets. Bahok’s performances tap into the ecstatic joy of questioning one’s life and searching for truth through music.

Featuring Artists:

Anusheh Anadil – Voice
Seth Panduranga Blumberg – Electric Guitar
Mainak Bumpy Nag Chowdhury – Bass
Bodhisattwa Ghosh – Guitars
Ratul Shankar – Percussions
Nozrul Islam – Dhol
Jesse Charnow – Drums


Anusheh Anadil is an iconoclast and role model par excellence. She is the lead vocalist of Bangla, one of Bangladesh’s leading bands. Anusheh’s deep vocals have made her a favourite of many leading musicians across the globe. She has collaborated with legends such as Swedish bassist Jonas Hellborg, featured in Susheela Raman’s Music for Crocodiles, recorded a song for Abhik Mukhopadhay’s film Bhoomi with the band Indian Ocean (pioneers of the fusion rock genre in India), and worked with percussionist Pandit Tanmoy Bose on the project, Baul and Beyond. She won The Musical Journalist’s Award in 2006 by Bangladesh Music Journalists Association and in 2007, she was conferred the Annanya Sreshtho 10 Nari (Top 10 women of Bangladesh) for raising her voice against religious intolerance through music. She was also selected as one of the two recipients of the first Meeto Memorial Award for Young South Asians (2009), which honours those whose work demonstrates a commitment to communal harmony, peace, justice, and human rights. Link TV (a non-commercial American satellite television network providing “diverse perspectives on world and national issues”) celebrated new voices of musicians and artistes from the Muslim world by making documentaries on young creative people, Anusheh being one of them

Seth Panduranga Blumberg

Seth Panduranga Blumberg, the “God of Jazz Blues”, felt the tug of music and its intricate linkage to the path of spirituality when he met Ike Turner (referred to as a ‘great innovator’ of Rock and Roll) and Ravi Shankar. Inspired by the mystical music of Sufi, he now spends most of his time in South Asia. More recently, he has been working in Kolkata with tabla maestro Tanmoy Bose, and the path breaking new band, Kendraka.

For Anadil and Blumberg, music is one route to going beyond differences and reconnecting on a pure level with humanity. Anadil’s grandmother has been a leading advocate of mental health and human rights in Bangladesh, and for Blumberg, music has the inherent ability to heal. Both care deeply about social change issues, which is why they have agreed to come together to contribute to Anjali’s mammoth task of spearheading a change in how mental health and human rights is viewed and dealt with in the country.

Jesse Charnow

Jesse Charnow is a drummer and percussionist. He has studied and played with Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the California Symphony Orchestra and Rock legend Ike Turner. His performances cover a broad spectrum of music, including, classical symphonic works, jazz, world fusion, blues, funk and rock.

Mainak Bumpy Nag Chowdhury

Mainak Bumpy Nag Chowdhury plays the Bass. He is an integral member of Pandit Tanmoy Bose’s band TaalTantra. He has played and recorded with Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, Pandit Chitresh Das and many other Indian classical luminaries. His own band, Kendraka is a unique blend of his diverse musical background, which includes latin jazz, indian classical and progressive rock.

Nozrul Islam

Nozrul Islam is one of the most popular dhol players of Bangladesh. His famous quote when asked about his feeling about playing at a concert in Germany with 1 million ‘Once I have my Dhol and start playing it, I don’t ever feel like I have left my country’. He has played with Baul legends like Shah Abdul Karim, Kangalini Sufia etc and travelled extensively across the globe with his band Bangla and with other musicians.

Ratul Shankar

Born in the Shankar family on July 30, 1979. Ratul was exposed to the various forms of Performing Arts at a very tender age. He has been touring with his illustrious parents Mamata Shankar and Chandrodoy Ghosh from the age of 2 years.
Trained under Sri. Tanmoy Bose, Ratul also has had the honour of performing in his World Music Project “TAAL TANTRA” and has been performing with the project for the last 6 years. He has also been a feature of various other World Music projects.
But Music has always been his first love and shall always be, as he always says, his greatest influence has been his uncle Ananda Shankar. While performing with “TAAL TANTRA” and other various projects, Ratul has had the Privilege to perform with the Maestros namely Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Taufique Quereshi, Selvaganesh, Pt. Tejendra Narayan Mazumdar, Pt. Bickram Ghosh, Pete Lockett, Tilmann Dienhart, Niladri Kumar, Carl Peters, Ranajit Sengupta, Wolfgang Netzer, Anusheh Anadil and Soweto Kinch.


Anjali Mental Health Rights Organization was established in 2001 in Kolkata with the aim of large-scale systemic change in the mental health field that will secure mental health rights to citizens. It does this by:

  • Making mental health institutions and systems inclusive.
  • Building community ecosystems for mental health care and wellbeing.
  • Securing progressive mental health laws, policy, and ensuring practice.
  •  Ending the stigma, violation, and discrimination associated with mental health.

The Event Partners:

Smoke Incorporated

Queen Victoria Garden

Queens Way, Kolkata, West Bengal