Kabir Suman

Date of Birth: March 16, 1950

Place of Birth: Cuttack, Orissa

Father’s Name: Sudhindra Nath Chattopadhyay

Mother’s Name: Uma Chattopadhyay

Educational qualifications:

· Graduated in English Literature (Hons.) from Jadavpore University in 1969;
· Diploma in French language from Jadavpore University;
· Diploma in German language from Ludvik Maximillian University, Munich, Germany

Work experiences:

1. 1970 – ’71: Radio artiste, All India Radio, Kolkata, Dept. of English Talks
2. 1971 – ’75: Bank employee, United Bank of India, Kolkata
3. 1975 – ’79: Radio Journalist, Voice of Germany (Bengali Dept.), Cologne, Germany
4. 1980 – ’85: Radio Journalist, International Radio Broadcaster, Voice of America (Bengali Dept.), Washington D. C., U. S. A.
5. 1986 – ’89: Radio Journalist, Senior Editor, Voice of Germany (Bengali Dept.), Cologne, Germany

Music:

· Trained in various forms of Bengali songs since childhood
· 1962 – ’75: Indian Classical Music (Kheyal)
· 1986 – ’89: Western Classical guitar lessons in Cologne, Germany

Music Career:

· 1966 – ’75: Regularly sung Rabindrasangeet, modern Bengali songs in the 2nd highest category in AIR, Kolkata
· 1972 – ’73: 2 Records on Rabindrasangeet (4 songs)
· 1992: Release of 1st original album on modern Bengali songs (music cassette) titled Tomake Chai
· 1993 – 2008: Release of 15 original albums on modern Bengali songs (music cassettes & CDs)
· 1993 – 2009:  Music Director in Bengali feature films – Mahasangram, Atmaja, Shedin Choitromash, Suryakanya, Katha, Diet and Krishnochura (sang Asamese songs).
· Publshed number of songs which have been composed by / given melody by Suman are approximately 400
· Artistes who have sung songs written by Suman (in feature films & albums):
Sandhya Mukherjee (12),
Sabina Yasmin (36),
Haimanti Shukla (10),
Nachiketa Chakraborty (5),

Anjan Dutt (5),
Indrani Sen (3),
Indranil Sen (8),
Lopamudra Mitra (7),
Sriradha Banerjee (2),
Swagatalaxmi Dasgupta (3).

Musical Achievements:

· 1993: Golden Disc Award from HMV (now EMI) for Tomake Chai
· 1997: Best Music Director & Best Singer Award from Bengal Film Journalists’ Association for the film Shedin Choitromash directed by Prabhat Roy

Published Books:

· 1987: Mukto Nicaragua – a first-hand account on the revolution in Nicaragua (K. P. Bagchi, Kolkata)
· 1993: Musical Biography (1st Edition) titled Hoey Otha Gaan (Aajkaal, Kolkata)
· 1994: Sumaner Gaan Sumaner Bhasha (Protibhash, Kolkata)
· 1996: Alkhalla – a collection of articles based on real life experiences (Fourth Estate, Kolkata)
· 1997: Durer Janla – a collection of articles featured in Desh magazine from 1980 – ’85 (Anjali, Kolkata)
· 2002: Ritimoto Novel – a novel (Saptarshi, Kolkata)
· 2003: ‘52’ – a novel (Saptarshi, Kolkata)
· 2005: Kone pathe gelo gaan – a critique on the history of modern Bengali songs (Aajkaal, Kolkata)
· 2007: Morudyane Nandigram – a collection of articles published in newspapers (Bijalpa, Kolkata)
· 2009: Durer Janla – republished (Saptarshi, Kolkata)
· 1993 – 2008: Sumaner Gaan – collection of lyrics of Suman’s songs – 6 Volumes (Swatantra, Kolkata & Saptarshi, Kolkata)

Articles, features & columns based on his journalistic career:

Desh, Ananda Bazaar Patrika, Aajkaal, Frontier, Aajbikash, Sangeet Natak Academy magazine (Delhi)

Television journalism & Anchoring of live shows:

· 2003 – ’04: Live Doshtae (Tara Newz)
· 2005 – ’07: Motamot (Tara Newz)

Acting:

· 2002: Char Adhyay (Telefilm, directed by Sharan Dutta)
· 2005 – 2006: Chhayamanush (TV Serial, ETV)
· 2005: Babar Christmas (Telefilm, directed by Anjan Dutt)
· 2005: Samudrer Mouno (Theatre, directed by Kaushik Sen)
· 2006: Herbert (Feature film, directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay)
· 2007: Katha (Feature film, directed by Shankho Ghosh)
· 2008: Chaturango (Feature film, directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay)



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