Pseudonym (band)

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Pseudonym
(সেউডনিম)
Origin Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Genres Alternative rock, 90s rock
Years active 2006 (2006)–present
Labels Independent
Website www.pseudonymband.webs.com
Members Suyasha Sengupta (vocals)
Devapriya Sinha (guitar)
Sompratim Das (guitar)
Roheet Mukherjee (bass)
Rajan Bhaumik (drums)
Past members Tirthankar Ray
Damayanti Chakravarty
Sudipto (Johnny) Chakraborty
Bhaveen Juthani

Pseudonym [sju:dənim], (Bengali: সেউডনিম) is an alternative rock band, based in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The band was formed in 2006,[1] with an outright inclination towards progressive and alternative music.

Pseudonym was established when Sompratim, Devapriya, and Rajan, who previously worked together as band members decided to work together.[2]

Early years[edit]

During the initial days the three members fought hard to find a bassist and after almost a year they found Tirthankar Ray and proceeded with their music. Since the band did not have any vocalist, they started playing instrumental covers and composed a few originals. Pseudonym featured local vocal talents from friends in their gigs as special acts till they found Damayanti Chakravarty as their vocalist. Tirthankar left the band to carry on with his own music projects and Sudipto (Johnny) Chakraborty joined in as the band's bassist. After a long stint with Pseudonym, Johnny also left the band and Roheet Mukherjee joined as bassist.[3]

Later years[edit]

Damayanti left the band to pursue higher studies and after prolonged auditions the members found Suyasha Sengupta to be the perfect fit as the front person of the band. Pseudonym by that time had already established themselves in the live music scene and started performing regularly at Someplace Else, The Park hotel pub which is considered to be the ace pub in Kolkata hosting the biggest local and national names in western music once Suyasha joined the band. Now the band performs live on Wednesdays from 11:30pm onwards at Someplace Else, Kolkata.[4]

Personnel[edit]

Current band members
  • Suyasha Sengupta (vocals)
  • Devapriya Sinha (guitar/vocals)
  • Sompratim Das (guitar)
  • Roheet Mukherjee (bass)
  • Rajan Bhaumik (drums)
Former band members
  • Tirthankar Ray
  • Damayanti Chakravarty
  • Sudipto (Johnny) Chakraborty
  • Bhaveen Juthani

Discography[edit]

Dreams
EP by Pseudonym
Released October 2008
Recorded 2008
Genre Alternative rock, 90s rock
Length 15:05
Label Independent
Producer Pseudonym

Pseudonym has released one EP, entitled, Dreams, which consists of three singles "Ants in a Queue", "Little Calvin", and "The Journey", which was released in the year 2008. Although the EP was not commercially successful but the singles became popular when they played during their live concerts. The name of the EP, Dreams, was suggested by the lead guitarist of the band Devapriya and other members of the band agreed to it.

Production
  • Compilation concept: Devapriya Sinha
  • Producer and mixer: Saikat Ghosh and Rajan Bhaumik
  • Cover art design: Rajan Bhaumik
  • Photography: N. G. Bhaumik
Tracks
  • "Ants in a Queue" – (6:20)

The song was written to put a glance on the comparison between human beings and the ants. The artist tries say that how we human beings are disorganized and greedy while even insects (ants) like an army of marching ants are more disciplined, in harmony and how we should learn from them.

  • "Little Calvin" – (4:28)

This was the band's favorite track. The song is based on the Bill Watterson comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. The song puts a glance on the character Calvin as he grows up and the beautiful imaginary world transforms into a place of practical filth, making things around not great as it was. It urges everyone to keep ‘the child inside’ living even if one grows up.

  • "The Journey" – (4:17)

This song was the band’s first non-instrumental composition. The song is an Ode to nature and hovers around Mother Nature and its beauty with the footsteps of a wanderlust who is mesmerized by the wonders around. It also glances about the thrills, joys and even the fears of being drenched in the rain of romanticism and soaked in the sun.

Singles[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Shadowfight"   Pseudonym 3:16
2. "Ants in a Queue"   Pseudonym 6:20
3. "Little Calvin"   Pseudonym 4:28
4. "The Journey"   Pseudonym 4:17

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Entertainment | The Good Life". Calcutta, India: Telegraphindia.com. 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  2. ^ "Hindustan Times Sunday Magazine". Hindustan Times. February 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ Roy, Preanca (2008-08-26). "The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Entertainment | GLOBAL MOVES". Calcutta, India: Telegraphindia.com. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  4. ^ "Live bands back on Park Street - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2007-12-29. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 

Further reading[edit]

  1. "Play me! YOUNG HOPEFULS BATTLE IT OUT FOR A LIVE SLOT AT INOX, CITY CENTRE.". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph. October 1, 2008. 
  2. "Pseudonym: Music with an alternative twist". www.ilovekolkata.in. September 10, 2008.  Archive copy at the Wayback Machine
  3. "Pseudonym - Creating New Dimensions In Music With Some Bigger Truths Hidden Inside". WBRI Media. 22 February 2009. 
  4. Banerjee, Malini (March 9, 2008). "Hosts make a haul - A wrap-up of the Scottish Church fest". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph. 
  5. "High Notes On Park Street". Hindustan Times Blog. February 13, 2011. 
  6. "High Notes On Park Street". The News Today. March 12, 2011. 
  7. "Running around trees". The Indian Express. Aug 2, 2011.