Lakkhichhara (band)

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Lakkhichhara
Origin Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Genres Bangla Rock, rock, hard rock, blues
Years active 1999-present
Labels Asha Audio
Website www.lakkhichhara.net
Members
Rishabh Ray - guitarist
Sayak - Vocalist
Nilanjan Mukherjee - Guitarist
Sanket Bhattacharya - bassist
Debaditya Chaudhury - pianist
Gaurab Chatterjee - drummer
Anyrvan - Lyricist
Past members
Subhajit Mukherjee,
Sujay Dutta - guitarist

Lakkhichhara (Bengali: লক্ষীছাড়া) is a rock band, based in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The band was formed in 1999. This band initially started playing professionally in college fests, hotels and pubs. In 2001 they recorded their debut album. The album was not commercially successful but some major hits like "Care Korina" and "Shudhu Chai Tomay" were featured on radio channels in Kolkata. In December 2001, the lead vocalist Sayak Bandopadhyay left the band. Subhajit Mukherjee joined the band after he met the band in a school fest, and showed interest in working with them. In 2003 they recorded their second studio album - Jibon Chaichhe Aro Besi. In 2004, Rishabh Ray joined the band and later recorded a new album in 2005 named Eka, the album was a huge success. Lead guitarist Nilanjan, departed for personal commitments, and was replaced by Bua soon after. He rejoined the band in 2012 as Sujay bid goodbye. Subhajit shifted to Mumbai to try the possibilities in the national scene which paved way for Sayak to rejoin the band. They have now become one of the most sought after and highest paid Bangla bands of Kolkata. The members of the band appeared as judges on Hau Mau Khau - a game show on Zee Bangla TV, Band-E-Mataram (I & II), and "Rock Idols" along with numerous college fests. They are currently busy recording for their next album, which promises to be very interesting venture because that would contain some of the old but memorable songs that would be arranged and performed quite differently.[1]

Band members[edit]

  • Sayak Bandopadhyay - Vocalist
  • Rishabh Ray - Guitarist
  • Jojo - Guitarist
  • Sanket Bhattacharya - Bassist
  • Debaditya Chaudhury - Keyboardist
  • Gaurab Chatterjee - Drummer
  • Anyrvan Mazumder - Lyricist

Music style[edit]

They started playing as a soft rock band in the year of formation but gradually changed to rock and hard rock, and then finally becoming Kolkata's first ever progressive rock band.

Major influences[edit]

Def Leppard, Van Halen, The Who, Mötley Crüe, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Winger, Dream Theater, Yes, Collective Soul, Steve Vai, White Lion, Foreigner, Prodigy, Sting, The Police, Steve Vai, Extreme, Megadeth, Beatles, The Doors, Pearl Jam, Pantera, Pain of Salvation, Bob Marley, Winger, Queensrÿche, ColdPlay, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weather Report.

Studio albums[edit]

Since inception they have recorded four studio albums and released many singles, they have also composed for the anthem song for ICL Team Royal Bengal Tigers.[2]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Label Language
2001 Megh Mallar Asha Audio Bengali
2003 Jibon Chaichhe Aro Besi Asha Audio Bengali
2005 Eka Asha Audio Bengali
2009 Bisesh Bisesh Ongsho Birotir Por Big Music Bengali
2012 Kamon acho sohor Asha Audio Bengali

Megh Mallar (2001)[edit]

Megh Mallar was their first album which they recorded with Asha Audio Company in 2001. The album was not a huge success but many hits like "Care Korina" and "Shudhu Chai Tomay" were featured on radio channels in Kolkata.

Track listing[edit]

  • "Megh Mallar"
  • "Care Kori Na"
  • "Mahabiswo"
  • "Bare Bare Tobu"
  • "Parashonae Jalanjali"
  • "Rat Be-raate"
  • "Bismritir Canvas"
  • "Surya Raat"
  • "Shudhu Chai Tomay"

"Jibon chaichhe aro besi" (2003)[edit]

Their second studio album with Asha Audio Company which released in 2003. This album consisted of some bonus tracks which were the remake of some songs from their previous album Megh Mallar.

Track listing[edit]

  • "Jibon Chaichhe Aro Besi"
  • "Balerina"
  • "Mone Porchhe Na"
  • "Bhalobasbo Na To Ar"
  • "Lakkhichhara"
  • "Sonali"
  • "Amar Satso Sakal"
  • "Niruddeshe"
  • "Ballroome Ekdin"
  • "E Ki Kotha Shuni Hai"

Bonus tracks[edit]

  • "Porashonay Jalanjali"
  • "Bare Bare Tobu Ashtei hobe fiery"
  • "Care kori na"
  • "He Mohabiswo"

"Eka" (2005)[edit]

The third studio album was released in the year 2005 and had been a huge success. They have sold 1,600 copies in Kolkata.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  • "Ke Ki Bole"
  • "Firee Eso"
  • "Ami Raaji"
  • "Harate Chai Na Abar"
  • "Boba Festun"
  • "Eka"
  • "Palie Berai"
  • "Achhi Sobsomoy"
  • "Jani Na"
  • "Proshno"

"Bisesh Bisesh Ongsho Birotir Por" (2009)[edit]

Notable instruments[edit]

  • Yamaha C- 40 Nylon String Guitar
  • Ibanez Jem 77 FP
  • Fender Buddy Guy Strat
  • Line6 XT Live
  • Yamaha Y D Stage Custom Kit
  • Zildjian
  • Pearl Double Bass Pedal
  • Yamaha RBX 170
  • Yamaha TRB 1005
  • Roland XP 60
  • Korg N 364
  • Roland JV 880- Sound Module

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview with Band Members". The Times Of India. April 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  2. ^ "discography". Lakkhichhara.net. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 
  3. ^ "Rock band Lakkhichhara turns 12 - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2011-04-08. Retrieved 2011-07-27. 

Further reading[edit]

  1. "Rocking on". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph. March 13, 2011. 
  2. "Progressive call". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph. September 10, 2009. 
  3. Chakraborty, Saionee (June 12, 2010). "Ten years in tune". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph. 
  4. "It?s the time to party!". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph. September 21, 2005. 
  5. Das, Mohua (September 15, 2009). "Singers suffer US visa blues". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph. 
  6. "Artistes united". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph. July 2, 2009. 
  7. "Stepping up festive spirits". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph. April 1, 2006. 

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