THE BAND

SOUMITRA RAY

Lead Singer, Composer, Lyricist and Percussionist

A self-taught multi talented musician Soumitra is the founder member of Bhoomi.  Born into a musically accomplished family in North Bengal's Harishchandrapur village, he took to music from a tender age by accompanying traditional 'Dhaak' (shoulder-slung drums) percussionists and Kirtan artistes during festivals at home. Since his father got him a specially made pair of Bongos when he was 3 years old, Soumitra became a rhythm addict.

Growing up in St. Paul's School, Darjeeling, he was the lead singer in school's reputed choir throughout. In class XI he formed his first band The Mountain Devils and began his journey in the world of entertainment.

Having accompanied Padma Bhushan Manna De and Geetashree Sandhya Mukherjee at recordings in his early years Soumitra was awarded the Sangeet Samman by the Government of West Bengal in 2013 for his contribution to Bengal's rich musical heritage.  He has done playback singing in numerous Bengali movies. The highlight of Soumitra's career as a vocalist came with singing the title song of the National award winninig movie Mr. and Mrs. Iyer under the music direction of Ustad Zakir Hussain. 

Soumitra has composed the music for the legendary theatre personality Manoj Mitra's popular play "Aschourjyo Funtosee". He also has composed many commercial jingles. His latest music direction is for the Bengali movie "9 Peara Bagan Lane". 

Soumitra's long list of compostions include "For A Better Day" which was gifted to the United Nations at the request of their Music Appreciation Club in 2007, following Bhoomi's highly appreciated concert at the UN Headquarters in 2006.

 

ROBIN LAI

Keyboardist, Violinist and Sound Engineer

One of the most talented and well respected musicians, Robin joined Bhoomi in 1999 as the sound engineer. At that time he was with the Rock Band Krosswindz and also played violin and keyboards with the Jazz-Rock band Chlorophyl Dreams. Soon, he started playing violin and later the keyboards for Bhoomi.

A self taught musician, he started learning piano pieces by Chopin and Beethoven. Musical influences include The Beattles, Carole King, ABBA and Pat Metheny.

As a sound engineer he has designed and executed sound for musicals including Smike, The Piper, The Fiddler on the roof, The Sound of Music, The King and I and The Phantom of the Opera. Robin is considered one of the best Sound engineers in India.

He works at Radio Mirchi and has completed 21 years in the FM Radio industry since joining Times FM in 1994.

 

 

ABHIJIT GHOSH

Bass Guitarist

Abhijit's started taking guitar lessons when his father gifted him a guitar on a cold, windy night in Darjeeling. He became a student of Ms. Viveka Wilson and then of Mr. Kesang Tshering, local musicians of repute. He was greatly influenced by Darjeeling's East Meet West Culture and the Nature. To him, even the trees seemed to sing in tune and synchronized rhythm.

After moving to Kolkata to attend St. Xaviers College he started taking part in College music festivals and met Soumitra Ray. They started playing music together and eventually, Abhijit became one of the founder members of Bhoomi in 1999.

He has composed two of Bhoomi's most popular songs "Pichu Pichu" and "Chol Polaye Jai".

Abhijit feels happy to have carried on his father's wishes and even though his mother passed away in 2000, just before Bhoomi's first album "Jatra Shuru" was released, he is satisfied that his mother got to hear about the album and blessed him.

 

HEMANTA GOSWAMI

Lead Guitarist

Popularly known as Hemu, joined Bhoomi at the very beginning and has been the lead guitarist of the Band ever since. Hemanta learnt to play guitar from the eminent guitarists like Nepal Shaw and Amyt Dutta with the emphasis on Blues and Rock-N-Roll guitar playing styles. He loves R&B music and has been hugely influenced by legendary guitarists like

B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Mark Knopfler, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robert Cray and Santana. 

Trained in Indian Classical Music under the tutelage of Anjali Rana Hemanta won the prestigious IIT Kharagpur Spring Fest Award when he was only a school student. To his credit, Hemanta has the very successful album " Bengal's Most Wanted ", written and composed by him and comprising of the leading vocalists of Bengali Bands.

Apart from music, he takes interest in trekking, rock climbing, cross country cycling and loves swimming.