On the invitation of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Government of India, noted band “Chirkutt” of Bangladesh is visiting New Delhi in India from 5-7 November, 2014, to participate in the 8th South Asian Bands Festival 2014 being organised jointly by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Indian NGO, SEHER.
“Chirkutt”, established in the year 2002, has carved out a name for themselves in the hearts of the music lovers of Bangladesh with their energetic live performances and powerful lyrics. Chirkutt’s eclectic compositions defy genre or classification and they have eventually come to be described as an ‘Epic Fusion’ band, one that has brought radical changes to the modern music industry of Bangladesh.
Chirkutt has released two hit albums ‘Chirkuttnama’ and ‘Jadur Shohor’. Chirkutt’s numbers have received a great deal of airplay, and they have also performed for television dramas and film soundtracks – their highly catchy songs being “Jadu-r Shohor”, “Kanamachi”, “Khazna”, “Bondhu”, “Katakuti”, “ Leje Rakha Pa” among others.
Chirkutt’s fame has transcended the borders of Bangladesh and has reached foreign shores, courtesy their performances at several reputed international music festivals, such as the India Music Week and the Jaffna Music Festival in Sri Lanka where they represented new dimensions of Bangladeshi band music to critical acclaim. They recently participated in the Chirkutt-Casa Murilo Collaboration Tour Norway’13 which featured 6 widely-acclaimed concerts in 6 Norwegian cities (Oslo, Bergen, Molde, Trondheim, Salvaer and Bodo) with the famous band “Casa Murilo” of Norway. In the process, they also released their first international music video “Trams and Empty Streets” from Oslo, Norway. Their music videos have been featured also on MTV India. Last year, they won the RTV Best Band Award 2012.
The present line-up of Chirkutt comprises Sumi (Vocals), Pintu (Vocals, Violin & Flute), Emon (Guitar, Banjo & Mandolin), Pavel (Drums & percussion) Didar (Bass), and Tomal (guest rhythm guitar).
The 8th South Asian Bands Festival 2014 in India will have participation of prominent bands from all the South Asian countries viz. India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The Festival will be organized at the Purana Quila in New Delhi. Ahead of the festival, there will be a preview of the festival on 5 November, 2014 at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the Hon’ble President of India, in which a select few bands including “Chirkutt” will participate.
The visit of “Chirkutt” to India is being fully sponsored by the Government of India. The visit is expected to further enhance the strong cultural ties between India and Bangladesh.