Man With The Golden Voice
By A Correspondent
Prithviraj Chowdhury, ace singer of ghazals, geets and Bengali modern songs, hails from the city of Kolkata and is a proponent of the brand of music that not only thrills but also heals. In one of his recent concerts at Kalamandir in Kolkata, he overwhelmed the audience with his melodious voice, flamboyant style and deep pathos.
Prithviraj was groomed in music since his childhood. He first regaled the audience at his middle school auditorium when he sang the legendary Tagore’s, Amaar Shonar Horin Chai and played the tabla alongside.
At an impressionable age, he met legendary tabla maestro, Pandit Shankar Ghosh, and accepted him as his mentor and guide and his acumen in any form of percussion was well established. Over the grooming period, he developed a deep interest in vocals and year after year, he sharpened his skill, in close association with luminaries like Biresh Roy (Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata), Jatileshwar Mukherji, Biman Mukherjee (Bengali Light Music), Ustad Sabir Khan and Late Jagjit Singh (Ghazal Maestro), as his mentors and guides.
Prithviraj has been declared the Best Talent in Light Music by West Bengal Chalachitra Prachaar and Cultural Group in Kolkata. A finalist in Meri Awaaz Suno, the first musical reality show on TV, he has performed at the All India Ghazal Sammelan at Ahmedabad and has been adjudged the Best Performer in Ghazals from Eastern India. Having teamed-up with renowned percussionist, Samudranil (better known as Lama in music circles in Kolkata), Prithviraj has been composing and arranging ghazals, geets and songs for albums, TV serials, stage-shows under the trade name Prithvi-Neel and performing in concerts in India and abroad with celebrated artistes. Recently, his performance at a private mehfil in Al Quasis, Dubai, organized by individuals of a business community, attracted wide critical appreciation.
A man of many talents, Prithviraj is an MBA from IISWBM, University of Calcutta and has held many senior positions in the corporate world.
Prithviraj’s effortless rendition is a release for his audience. As his deep voice unlocks their emotions, they are transported into a world that they best describe as surreal.