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I'm Tilak Gupta, a music lover and performer by passion, an Information Technology Specialist by profession. Through these pages, I wish to share my music and my interests with you.
I was born in Calcutta or (as she goes by her Bengali name now) Kolkata. The erstwhile capital of the British Raj and the eternal ‘City of Joy’ in Dominique Lapierre’s novel, this is one city that has often been the target of bad press. Kolkata has quite heartlessly been discarded as unworthy of admiration, let alone wonder.
However, to us Calcuttans; pardon us for we haven’t yet managed to transform into Kolkatan’s just yet despite the not-so-recent re-christening of the city; Kolkata is home. And, no we aren’t unapologetically bias about the city. To understand the true heart of this ‘Tilottoma’ all you need to do is look closely. You’ll find she’s beautiful and vibrant, unique in the confluence of yesterday’s splendour and tomorrow’s promises. Even after all these years, I am grateful to be living in this city and am loving every moment of it.
My education started in a Nursery School named "Alor Parosh" in Kasba. Then I attended Jagadbandhu Institution followed by New Alipore Multipurpose School. I completed my Graduation in Commerce from Netaji Nagar Day College under Calcutta University. I have also earned an Advanced Post Graduation Diploma in Computers & Information Management from Uptron Academy of Computer Learning.
My Father Bibhuti Nath Gupta (1st February 1925 - 16th January 2011) a teacher by profession, a vocalist. He was one of the survivors of the Bengal famine of 1943 had also witnessed the last journey of Rabindranath Tagore.
My Mother Indira Gupta (20th August 1933 - 7th February 2009), a perfect homemaker and a fervent reader, a published author. Her articles and poems were published in different magazines like Sandesh, Desh and Jugantar.
I got married to Gopa in 1996. She is a nice loving and caring mother, a perfect housewife. She was born in Raiganj, Uttar Dinajpur District in 1974. She is the younger daughter of Mihir Ranjan Sen Gupta and Ratna Sen Gupta and has Graduated in Arts (Hons. in Political Science) from Raiganj College under North Bengal University. She is also a good singer.
Our daughter Damayanti (Tupur) was born in the year 1998. Leaving our rented house at Kasba, we moved to our own flat at Brahmapur near Bansdroni (Garia) in May 1998 where Tupur was born.
About my music #1
I have grown up in a musical atmosphere. My father Bibhuti Nath Gupta was my first Guru. He taught me basics of Indian Classical Music, Rabindra Sangeet, songs of Kazi Nazrul and Himangshu Dutta.
At the age of 15, I went to train under Acharya Chinmoy Lahiri, a well-known personality, performer and trainer of Indian Classical Music. After his demise, I got training from his son Sri. Shyamal Lahiri.
Later I got trained in Tagore Songs, where my Gurus were Sri Subinoy Roy and Smt. Maya Sen. I am holding a "Geetabharati" Degree from 'Gitabitan', a renowned Institution in Kolkata.
I also went Sri. Biman Mukhopadhyay to get formal Training in Bengali Modern Songs, though for a very short period of time. With the passing time I had to disassociate myself from the musical aspect of my life, to focus on profession and family more.
Sujoy Sarkar, my friend, I started singing again after a long span of almost 5 years, only due to him. Sujoy came from a decent cultured family of Sonarpur. I had met him on October 2nd, 2004 for the first time and since then he started pushing me to continue with my music. Sujoy met with a bike accident on November 4th, 2006. He battled for his life for more than 6 months and finally passed away on May 23rd, 2007.
My first and sole CD album "Aangey Bajichhe Banshi" was released from Ananyo Music with co-artist Smt. Sara Chattopadhyay in 2012.
Some of my mentionable performances are – Haldia Utsab, Kasba Utsab, Birth Centenary Celebration of Soumendra Nath Tagore, West Bengal Book Fair. I also performed in programmes with Sri Subhendu Maity , Smt. Sanghamitra Gupta, Sri Pratul Mukhopadhyay. My performances have been broadcasted from All India Radio, Doordarshan and leading FM Radio Channels.
I got many opportunities to the trend of post 90s Bengali songs through Sri Subhendu Maity. Got many opportunity to participate in many private musical events and also many big events like Haldia Utsav. I would like to express my heartiest gratitude to Subhendu Da. Working with Pratul Mukhopadhyay was also a fulfilling experience – his presence, his presence, his rendition, inspired, influenced and enriched me to a great extent. And finally, my heartiest gratitude to all my well-wishers, friends, colleagues, accompanists, recordists and all who have encouraged me to move on with my music so far.
About my music #2
After a break of almost two decades, I managed to start learning again. Fortunately I got the opportunity to meet Sri. Kabir Suman and since November 2015, I am learning music from him. This is a new way of learning for me. Not just learning a song or a Raga, it’s about learning to see music itself in a different way. It’s re-discovering music from many different aspects, knowing the links and references within a song or a composition, feeling the presence of music in almost everything and everywhere. Presently, Sri. Kabir Suman is doing a serious work relating to Bangla Khayal, which are also written and composed by himself.
I'm previledged to get a chance of sharing the stage with the legend Sri. Kabir Suman while celebrating 25 Years of Kabir Suman Album “Tomake Chai” at Kalakunj, 22nd April 2017.