Chandrabindoo (band)

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Chandrabindoo, left to right: Arup, Saurabh, Upal, Rajshekhar, Anindya, Sibu, Surojit in 2010
Background information
OriginKolkata, West Bengal, India
GenresBand Music, Bengali rock
Years active1998–present
LabelsSa Re Ga Ma, Times Music, Universal Music Group, Sagarika

Chandrabindoo (often spelled Chandrabindu), based in Kolkata, is a Bengali band known for satirical, colloquial lyrics, with references to current affairs and cultural phenomena.

The band is chiefly popular in the Indian city of Kolkata, and in cities like Delhi and Mumbai that have a large expatriate Bengali population. They have recently started touring internationally including a performance in aid of the Kolkata-based Child In Need Institute (CINI) in London. Chandrabindoo is the official brand ambassador for CINI ASHA.[1]

Name Origin[edit]

The band shares its name with the last letter (technically a modifier) of the Bengali alphabet, ◌̐. The name is a reference to a piece of dialogue from Sukumar Ray's হযবরল HaJaBaRaLa, a well-known work of literary nonsense in Bengali.

বেড়াল বলল, “বেড়ালও বলতে পার, রুমালও বলতে পার, চন্দ্রবিন্দুও বলতে পার।” আমি বললাম, “চন্দ্রবিন্দু কেন?”

শুনে বেড়ালটা “তাও জানো না?” বলে এক চোখ বুজে ফ্যাচ্‌ফ্যাচ্ করে বিশ্রীরকম হাসতে লাগল। আমি ভারি অপ্রস্তুত হয়ে গেলাম। মনে হল, ঐ চন্দ্রবিন্দুর কথাটা নিশ্চয় আমার বোঝা উচিত ছিল। তাই থতমত খেয়ে তাড়াতাড়ি বলে ফেললাম, “ও হ্যাঁ-হ্যাঁ, বুঝতে পেরেছি।”

বেড়ালটা খুশি হয়ে বলল, “হ্যাঁ, এ তো বোঝাই যাচ্ছে— চন্দ্রবিন্দুর চ, বেড়ালের তালব্য শ, রুমালের মা— হল চশমা। কেমন, হল তো?”

The cat said "You can call me a cat, or a handkerchief, or even a chandrabindoo". "Why a chandrabindoo?" I asked.

"Can't you tell?" said the cat, winking and sniggering in a most irritating way. I was taken aback. Perhaps I ought to have known about the chandrabindoo, I thought. "Ah!" I said quickly. "I understand".

"Of course you do,"said the Cat, pleased. "‘cha’ for chandrabindoo, ‘sha’ for birāl (cat), and ‘’ for rumāl (handkerchief) - that spells ‘chashma’(spectacles) Simple, isn't it?"

Early days[edit]

The band faced many problems during the production of their first album Aar Jani Na, having to produce their demo with the help of an out-of-date sound mixer. It was released in 1998, and got a lukewarm response. However, they came to the attention of Gautam Chattopadhyay of Mohiner Ghoraguli, and he recommended them to Sagarika music company, who released their second album Gadha. The first public live show of Chandrabindoo was held in Gyan Manch near Rabindra Sadan, Kolkata.

Band members[edit]

and Tirthankar as sound engineer.

Former members[edit]

Chandrabindoo's former members include Subrato Lodh, Subrato Ghosh, Sukhendu, Subhendu, Debapriyo, Tennie, Lintu, Santanu, Arindam, Pritam,[2] Dron Acharya, Riju, Kallol, Rajesh, Riddhi, Chandan, Papa, Jisshu Sengupta,[3] Neepabeethi Ghosh, Lopamudra Mitra.


Studio Albums

Compilation Albums

  • Chandrabindaas (Bengali: চন্দ্রবিন্দাস, Lit: Chandrabindoo is Bindaas) (2005)
  • Ebhabeo Phire Asha Jae (Bengali: এভাবেও ফিরে আসা যায়, Lit: Even that's a Comeback) (2005)
  • Bachhai 11 (Bengali: বাছাই ১১, Lit: Selected 11) (2006)
  • Shera Chandrabindoo (Bengali: সেরা চন্দ্রবিন্দু, Lit: Best Of Chandrabindoo) (2008)


Year Film Directed By Other Notes
2009 Box No. 1313 Aniruddha Bhattacharya as Music Director
2009 Cross Connection Abhijit Guha, Sudeshna Ray as Lyricists
2009 Brake Fail Kaushik Ganguly as Playback Singers
2009 Antaheen Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury Anindya and Chandril as Lyricist together, They won 56th National Film Awards for National Film Award for Best Lyrics[4] in 2010 for it[5][6]
2010 Jodi Ekdin Riingo Banerjee Anindya and Chandril as lyricists together, Upal and Anindya made a video appearance for a song (Playback Singers)
2010 Ekti Tarar Khonje Abhik Mukhopadhyay as Lyricists
2010 033 Birsa Dasgupta as Music Director
2010 Natobar Not Out Amit Sen Playback Singers; Upal and Anindya made a video appearance for a song
2011 Jiyo Kaka Parambrata Chatterjee as Music Director
2011 Icche Nandita Roy/ Shiboprasad Mukhopadhyay Anindya as a Playback Singer
2011 Rang Milanti Kaushik Ganguly as Music Director, lyricist, Voice Artist
2011 Gosainbaganer Bhoot Nitish Roy as Music Director and Playback Singer(s)
2012 Aparajita Tumi Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury Anindya and Chandril as Lyricist

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Chandrabindoo: Kaleidoscope Archived 21 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 21 August 2013
  2. ^ Pritam in Youtube with a lot of FAQs, an interview of Pritam by Anurag Basu in his talk show Ke Hobe Biggest Fan on Zee Bangla
  3. ^ Chandrabindoo in Youtube with a lot of FAQs, an interview of Chandrabindoo by Anurag Basu in his talk show Ke Hobe Biggest Fan on Zee Bangla
  4. ^ "Writings on the wall" a published in Times of India on 5 July 2010, Tollywood's reaction on the national awards in lyrics
  5. ^ Anindya's reaction after winning National Award, an interview of Anindya by R-Plus
  6. ^ Chandril's reaction after winning National Award, an interview of Anindya by R-Plus

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