Kohal is an Indian band, based in Bangalore. It was founded in 2007 by Sudipto Das. It was named after a rare Raga in Hindustani Classical Music. It's "a convergence of amateur but passionate musicians".
The band traces its origin to the Eastern Technology Music Society (ETMS), the official band of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur). Sudipto Das and few others were members during their undergraduate years in the 1990s. Later, when they settled in Bangalore, Kohal was formed as "an adda of amateur musicians [that would] transcend all conventional boundaries of music and aim at entertaining people with any and every genre of music."
Sudipto Das has been a member of Kohal since its inception. A violinist trained in Western Classical Music, Das is an accomplished author, having written two novels The Ekkos Clan and The Aryabhata Clan, a composer and an entrepreneur as well and a TED speaker.
Kohal perform every year at events in Bangalore since 2007. Apart from cover versions in diverse genres like "Bollywood retro, Rabindra Sangeet, folks of various parts of India, Adele, Norah Jones, Elvis" they perform original compositions by Sudipto. Among their notable performances are verses from the Rig Veda and the lesser known later verses of India's National Anthem.
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