Sudipto Das

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Sudipto Das
Sudipto Das Profile.JPG
Sudipto Das in 2014
Born (1973-07-12) 12 July 1973 (age 45)
Occupation Author, Musician, Columnist, Entrepreneur
Nationality Indian
Alma mater IIT Kharagpur
Notable works Novels The Ekkos Clan, The Aryabhata Clan; Music of Schweyk in the Second World War, Blooming Orchard
Website
www.sudiptodas.com

Sudipto Das (born 12 July 1973) is an Indian author, IT professional and musician.[1] He is also a columnist,[2][3] a speaker at TED events[4][5] and a veteran in the semiconductor industry[6] who takes a deep interest in Internet Of Things and AI. He is the co-founder of two startup companies,[7] Mindlance Technologies and Insilico.[8][9]

Das has written two novels: The Ekkos Clan, released in 2013, and The Aryabhata Clan, released in 2018. He has also published the coffee table book Myths & Truths Behind The Ekkos Clan,[10] released in April 2014. Within a fortnight of its release The Ekkos Clan came to 3rd position[11] in the best seller list in Flipkart in the Literature and Fiction section.

Sudipto, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, has been a secretary at the Sarathi Socio Cultural Trust for many years,[12] looking after their cultural initiatives in Bangalore.[13][14][15] Presently he is the General Secretary of Sarathi.[16]

Early days[edit]

Sudipto was born in Calcutta to a family which fled Bangladesh during the partition riots of 1947.[17] He grew up listening to horrid stories of the partition, something which he has used extensively in his debut novel The Ekkos Clan. He completed his engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1996.

Having started his professional career in 1996 at Noida, he moved to Bangalore in 1997. He has been living in Bangalore ever since.

A violinist, trained in Western classical music, Sudipto started writing short stories and poems in Bengali and English while he was in IIT Kharagpur, where he also served as the Governor of Technology Music Society, Eastern (ETMS) in 1995–96.

Music[edit]

Sudipto performing in Kohal, 2008

Sudipto started the music band Kohal in Bangalore in 2007[1] with some of the members of ETMS.

In May 2014 he tried his hand at creating background scores for a play,[18] directed by Sharmin Ali, where he used only Mozart's compositions for the entire score. In the same year he recreated Eastern European melodies of the 1940s for the Forum Three[19] War Musical Schweyk in the Second World War by Bertolt Brecht,[20][21] which was staged many times in Bangalore and once in Auroville for an international audience.[22][23]

In 2018 he composed the theme music of Blooming Orchard,[24] the English adaptation of Manoj Mitra's Bengali play Sajano Bagan.

Kohal have performed some of Sudipto's original compositions in their shows.

Business interests[edit]

In June 2017 Sudipto co-founded Insilico,[9] which was enlisted in the Top 10 of the "ELECRAMA Startup Awards 2018",[9] for its AI enabled IoT based Smart Lighting solution.[25]

Novels[edit]

Das began working on his first novel, The Ekkos Clan, in 2008,[17] and it was launched in Bangalore on 3 August 2013.[26] A contemporary mystery novel set against the backdrop of ancient Indian history. The book deals extensively with linguistic palaeontology, Astronomy, Archaeology, History, Music and Poetry.

Book launch - The Ekkos Clan, Oxford Book Store, Bangalore

Another book, The Myths & Truths Behind The Ekkos Clan, is a compilation of historical and linguistic facts and figures which loosely form the background of Sudipto Das' debut novel, The Ekkos Clan. Das presents a series of discoveries and theories, espoused by a particular school of historians and linguists, which are used as historical background in the novel.[27]

Das plans a trilogy with Afsar-Kratu-Tista and linguistic palaeontology. In The Aryabhata Clan, the sequel to The Ekkos Clan, he concentrates on the mathematician Aryabhata.[28] The Aryabhata Clan was released in December 2017.[29]

Future works[edit]

In various interviews,[30][31] given between September and December 2013, Sudipto mentioned that he had already completed the first draft of a book, Prembajar (working title), which wouldn't be a sequel of The Ekkos Clan. "My yearning to make my alma mater IIT Kharagpur (KGP) a part of my literary creation is so strong that I want to write a KGP trilogy too, a set of three unusual love stories, all originating in KGP," he said.

Sudipto's third novel, The Broken Amoretti, set against the backdrop of IIT Kharagpur and a nondescript place called Prembajar, which lies just outside the IIT campus, will be published soon by Niyogi Books. Totally different from Sudipto's earlier two thrillers, this one, co-written with Aparajita Dutta, "has a bold theme, a much-needed voice to the many unconventional relationships that have been silenced since ages".[32][33]

In media[edit]

Print & online[edit]

  1. Deccan Chronicle
    • 27 March 2018: Feature, "Sudipto Das believes music can heal, and that is exactly what he has experienced by performing live, through his band is no different."[34]
    • 27 February 2018: Feature, "A journey spanning over a decade, this musician-cum-entrepreneur shares the inside track of his path so far."[35]
    • 20 February 2018: Feature, "A chance project that sprouted out of a discussion at an IIT hostel back in the '90s, continues to make the right kind of noise!"[1]
    • 1 March 2017: Feature, "Sudipto Das has always had a knack to touch upon lesser discussed topics..."[36]
    • 5 June 2016: Featured in Lifestyle, Viral Trending, "Education in India".[37]
  2. The Asian Age, Bombay & Delhi, 5 June 2016: Featured in Life & Style, "Education in India".[38]
  3. The Economic Times, 19 October 2015: Quoted in a feature, "The various cultural programmes will celebrate the essence of India, rather than just Bengali culture..."[15]
  4. Times of India
    • 11 August 2018: Feature, A potpourri of action, suspense, conflict and politics, "Sudipto Das wears many hats. The IITian-turned-columnist is also a musician, speaker at TED events and an entrepreneur."[39]
    • 17 May 2015: Featured in Writers speak, "... balancing office with writing is challenging, it's the former which takes priority."[40][41]
  5. The Hindu
    • 20 October 2015: Quoted in Metro Plus feature, "We want to be inclusive and celebrate Durga Puja as an Indian festival..."[42]
    • 13 October 2015: Quoted in Metro Plus feature, "We don't believe in Bengali culture in isolation. We consider the essence of India, celebrating the same, with a touch of Bengal."[43]
    • 10 December 1014: Quoted in Metro Plus feature, "Author Sudipto Das is wary of Radio taxi services..."[44]
    • 11 October 2013: Feature, "Sudipto is possessed with a manic energy as he states that his influences are many and varied..."[45][46]
    • 26 September 2013: Feature, "It took Sudipto intensive research to put the novel together..."[47]
  6. Star of Mysore, 4 October 2013: Interview, "My second book named Prembajar..."[48]
  7. Sakal Times, 6 October 2013: Interview, "It won't be a sequel per se... will be about the mathematician Aryabhatt..."[49]
  8. Techgoss.com, 10 October 2013: Interview, "I would rather prefer working in smaller companies, where making a difference is much easier than in a company like Intel where you're just lost in the crowd..."[50]
  9. The New Indian Express, 15 October 2013: Feature, "Sudipto Das, the author of The Ekkos Clan, writes, perhaps for the first time, on the sufferings of people on the Bangladesh side during the 1947 Partition of India..."[51]
  10. Deccan Chronicle
    • 28 October 2013: Quoted in a Lifestyle feature, "This is the basic measure a writer should take when approaching an agent."[52]
    • 25 October 2013: Quoted in a Lifestyle feature, "I don't feel insecure at all because I am financially secure at this age and my creativity hasn't even faltered..."[53]
    • 23 October 2013: Feature, "Sudipto was born into a Bangladeshi family which moved to Kolkata during the Partition..."[54]
  11. NY.NEWSYAPS, 23 October 2013: Review & Feature, "Sudipto pointed out, companies, such as Kodak, Nokia, or Blackberry, took less than a few decades to go from being market-leading innovators to the capitalistic equivalents of failed states..."[55]
  12. Hindustan Times, 27 October 2013: Quoted in "PickingOrder – Get your list of what to READ"[56][57]
  13. Bangalore Mirror, 15 November 2013: Interview, "One feisty woman's partition story."[58]
  14. The Telegraph, 27 November 2013: Review & Interview, "I realized that almost nothing had been written about the Bengal side of Partition..."[59]
  15. Absolute India, 2 February 2014: Interview, "Anyone who reads can also write"[60]
  16. Bangalore Mirror, 10 December 2014: Article, by invitation, "It's no smooth ride on app cabs"[14]

Blogosphere[edit]

  1. Interviews[31]
  2. Sudipto's Blog

Columns[edit]

  1. Swarajya
  2. Niyogi Books
  3. Entrepreneur India

External links[edit]

  1. Sudipto's Home Page
  2. Amazon Author Page
  3. Goodreads Author Page
  4. Kohal's performances

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "About Author". swarajyamag.com. Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  3. ^ Das, Sudipto. "Sudipto Das". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2018-02-06. 
  4. ^ "TEDxBMSCE". TED. TED. 18 April 2016. Retrieved 5 Nov 2017. 
  5. ^ TEDx Talks (2017-11-09), How my passion guided me towards the road not taken | Sudipto Das | TEDxBMSCE, retrieved 2017-11-27 
  6. ^ Das, Sudipto. "Sudipto Das". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2018-02-20. 
  7. ^ "Amazon.com: Sudipto Das: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  8. ^ Das, Sudipto. "Sudipto Das". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 
  9. ^ a b c "Insilico: Cardinal Provider of IoT & AI-Controlled Solutions with Social, Financial & Environment Viability". enterprise-services.siliconindiamagazine.com. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 
  10. ^ "Myths & Truths Behind The Ekkos Clan". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2017-12-09. 
  11. ^ "The Ekkos Clan - Bestselling new release". sudiptounplugged.blogspot.in. Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  12. ^ Lasrado, Svetlana. "Many facets of a fest". Many facets of a fest. Deccan Herald. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  13. ^ SUKUMARAN, AJAY (27 September 2009). "Lakshmi smile on Durga Puja - Hint of revival from crisis in bangalore festivities". The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Das, Sudipto (10 December 2014). "It's no smooth ride on app cabs". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "How Navratri celebrations are bringing different communities together in Bengaluru - The Economic Times". The Economic Times. The Economic Times. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  16. ^ "Welcoming the Goddess". The Hindu. 2016-09-30. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2017-12-15. 
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  18. ^ An eccentric 'Potli' on stage: 29 April 2014, Bangalore Mirror
  19. ^ "Forum Three". Forum Three. Retrieved 10 Oct 2014. 
  20. ^ Gupta, Namita (13 September 2014). "Keeping a "Brecht"" (PDF). Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 13 September 2014. 
  21. ^ Rajagopal, Rashmi (12 September 2014). "War Time Tales". New Indian Express. Retrieved 5 November 2017. 
  22. ^ -, Zoya (30 November 2014). "Schweyk in the Second World War". Schweyk in the Second World War. Auroville Radio. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  23. ^ Sudipto Das (2014-12-02), Schweyk in the Second World War (Auroville production: songs audio), retrieved 2018-02-22 
  24. ^ "The Blooming Orchard". www.jagrititheatre.com. Retrieved 2018-02-22. 
  25. ^ "Insilico – The ELECRAMA Startup Awards 2018". startups.elecrama.com. Retrieved 2018-05-26. 
  26. ^ "Strains from a grand lineage". The Hindu. 2013-08-02. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  27. ^ "On Dravidian-Iranian connect". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  28. ^ "Decoding ancient scriptures" (PDF). Sakal Times. 6 Oct 2013. Retrieved 5 Nov 2017. 
  29. ^ "Sudipto Das". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  30. ^ "Star Of Mysore Online". indiatimeline.tripod.com. Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  31. ^ a b Blogger Interviews | Nishita's Rants and Raves | Reading Corner | paperblog | Aditi Chopra's Blog | Eloquent Articulation |
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  35. ^ "IIT is a Bindaas set-up!". Deccan Chronicle. 2018-02-27. Retrieved 2018-02-27. 
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  43. ^ "A taste of Bengal". The Hindu. 2015-10-13. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
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  49. ^ Sakal Times: Interview
  50. ^ Techgloss.com, 10 October 2013: Interview
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