Insomnia (band)

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Insomnia
Insomnia-cd.jpg
The mark of sleeplessness
Background information
Origin Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Genres Alternative, nu age, progressive rock, Bengali rock
Years active 1998-2010
Labels Independent, Asha Audio, HMV, saregama
Members Rajarshi Barman (Dodo), Souvik Gupta (Savvy), Subhodip Banerjee (Subho), Prasenjit Chakrabutty (Pom), Rohit Nandi (Rohit), Manager - Rahul Mehra (Paiya)
Past members Subhajit Roy Chowdhury (Subho), Bodhisattwa Ghosh (Bodhi), Sudipto Banerjee (Buti), Sayantan Neogi (Ninnai), Dipanjan Mukherjee (Ebu), Santanu Das Roy (Tito), Ayan Dasgupta (Boom), Sougata Basu (Papa)

Insomnia (Bengali: ইনসমনিয়া) was a rock band based in Kolkata,[1] West Bengal. The band's repertoire included both English and Bengali songs. The band has an album each in English (Cry of the Spirit - self released) and Bengali (Proloyer Shomoye - Asha Audio).[2][3][4] Insomnia were also quite adept at executing live music for theatre, being part of the act itself, in plays such as Peacewards[5] (directed by Jayant Kripalani, produced by Red Curtain Productions, based on monologues written by Manjula Padmanabhan), a 3rd theatre version of Rokto Korobi[6] (written by Rabindranath Tagore, conceptualised by Badal Sarkar, directed by Parnab Mukherjee, starring Sudipta Chakraborty) and numerous other plays. "Opekkha" from their Bengali album Proloyer Shomoye was part of the original soundtrack of the first Bengali sex comedy movie Aamra[7][8] (produced by Venkatesh fims, directed by Mainak Bhaumik, cast - Parambrata Chatterjee, Jisshu Sengupta, Rudranil Ghosh, Nilanjana, Ananya Chatterjee, Kaushik Ghosh, Rajatava Datta, Momo).

Discography[edit]

Cry of the Spirit
Studio album by Insomnia
Released September 2004 (India)
Recorded September 2003-October 2003
Genre Progressive rock, psychedelic rock
Label Independent Label
Producer Sumit Ray
Year of release Title Label Language
2004 Cry of the Spirit Independent Label English
2006 Proloyer Shomoye Asha Audio Bengali
2008 Parallel Universe (The Underground – Kolkata) HMV saregama English
2012 Untitled Asha Audio Bengali

Cry of the Spirit[edit]

Cry of the Spirit' was the debut album of Insomnia. The album showed the original sound of Insomnia which shifted heavily later on after moving to Bengali language abandoning English.

Insomnia recorded their debut album titled Cry of the Spirit at Studio Vibrations, Kolkata between September and October 2003. As the name suggests, the album is about a human being's loneliness of the soul. Musically,the album is loosely based on experimental Classic Rock, amalgamated with Post-modern synthesizers. Mixed at Studio Vibrations and produced by brand developer Sumit Roy, the album was released in September 2004 at Someplace Else,The Park and is on private circulation.[9]

Proloyer Shomoye[edit]

Proloyer Shomoye
Studio album by Insomnia
Released September 2006 (India)
Recorded September 2003-October 2003
Genre Progressive rock, psychedelic rock
Label Asha Audio
Producer Jojo, Potla

Proloyer Shomoye is the second full-length studio album by, Insomnia, and their first Bengali album. It was recorded at Dream Digital Inc., Kolkata between May and August 2006. Proloyer Shomoye is a reflected contemporary times that we live in, the times of turbulence. With this album, Insomnia radically changed their sonic direction to New Age Alternative. Mixed at Dream Digital Inc. and mastered at Edensound Mastering, Melbourne, the album was launched in September 2006 at Octane, Gariahat Mall under the banner of Asha Audio.[9]

The Band's journey[edit]

Insomnia plugged in for the first time in 1999 as the South Point High School (Kolkata India) school band. The initial line up of Subho, Rohit, Dipanjan and Bodhi went on to win most of the school fests in the following years playing mostly covers of every genre. The next three years the band went through self-discovery writing their own music. It was in 2001 when Dodo and Buti joined completing the band. The bass player, Dipanjan, also the founding member, left and Tito joined. Ninnai, a long time friend of the band was the last to join as the second vocalist in 2002 end. The band's sound was defined by Bodhi's poetry and elegant playing, Buti's arrangements, Subho's wild stage antiques, Ninnai's psychedelic performances, Dodo's emotion rich voice and Rohit's act as the backbone. Ultimately the psychedelic sound evolved to a heavy mix of rock, electronica and western classical genres.

Insomnia's first show as a professional outfit was on 7 July 2002 in Music World, Park Street and it went on to reach great heights for the next two years as the kids were recognized as true rockers. They worked with veteran ad man Sumit Roy who drove the band to create a sound what they called Visionary Rock.

In 2004 Buti left to join Cactus while a dispute among members led to Subho, one of the founder members and driving force of the band leaving. Since then the band went though many line-up changes. However against all odds they stuck on to continue explore and create more music.

Noteworthy performances by the band:

  • Insomnia were Eastern Zonal Winners and All – India 2nd Runners up at Castrol Garage Rock, 2003 held in Mumbai
  • Insomnia were Finalists at the All – India Rock band competition at Springfest 2003, IIT Kharagpur
  • Insomnia have rocked crowds in schools and colleges on the following occasions:
  • Insomnia organised the concert, Reach Out and played in it along with the leading English bands of Calcutta. The concert also featured Usha Uthup, Amyt Datta and Nandan Bagchi and raised funds for the children of Reach.
  • In 2003, Insomnia featured in Peacewards, a Red Curtain productions play based on monologues by Manjula Padmanabhan. The play was directed by Jayant Kripalani and saw the band live on stage doing a musical narration
  • In 2003 again, Insomnia soundscaped a third theatre version of Rabindranath Tagore's play, Rakta Karabi, which was directed by Parnab Mukherjee and featured actress Sudipta Chakraborty. In 2004, under the same director, Insomnia soundscaped third theatre versions of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure and King Lear
  • In November 2004, Insomnia became the first band in the city to have an unplugged concert in the bag. It was held at Caffeine, Elgin Road
  • In April 2005, Insomnia performed along with Fossils, Aasma and Neha Bhasin in aid of the Tsunami victims in the ‘One World’ concert held at La Martiniere for boys grounds
  • In November 2005, Insomnia went to Thimpu, Bhutan and performed at the country's premier night club, Space 34
  • In January 2006, Insomnia launched themselves in the Bangla rock circuit at ‘Republic Rock’ along with acts from Bangladesh such as Warfaze, Artcell, Metalmaze, ArboVirus and acts from West Bengal such as Lakkhichara, Cactus and Fossils
  • In December 2007, Insomnia put up a concert as part of the centenary celebration of TATA steel in Jamshedpur in the coveted XLRI auditorium.
  • In January 2008, Insomnia was part of the historic Mohiner Ghoraguli tribute concert (organized by Ranjon Ghoshal), 'Abar Bochhor Tirish Pore', which had a complete Philharmonic Orchestra (Conducted by Abraham Mazumder) playing. The Concert was held at the big lawn, Nicco Park and had a turnout of about 30,000 people.[10]
  • In January 2009, Insomnia raised funds for leukemia patient, 3-year old Aarav Seal along with Cactus and Bickram Ghosh. The concert was an initiative by Red FM, Power FM and Aamar FM.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ghoshal, Shounak (4 January 2008). "Get Set Rock!". The Times of India. 
  2. ^ "New music mantra". The Telegraph (Calcutta). 6 April 2006. 
  3. ^ Chatterjee, Chandreyee (30 October 2006). "Band of boys". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  4. ^ Prasanna (8 October 2006). "Prasanna's blog". Cprasannas.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  5. ^ "Peacewards". Peaceworks. Retrieved 2007-11-03. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Parnab Mukherjee". Laboratory for Enthusiastic Collaboration Company Bios. Laboratory for Enthusiastic Collaboration. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  7. ^ Mitra, Mandira (29 October 2006). "Hip posturing". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  8. ^ "Tollywood top draws 2006". The Telegraph (Calcutta). 31 October 2006. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  9. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "Santo meets Zimmerman". Blog for Mohiner Ghorahuli. 

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