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    Square on the Hypotenusewrote on 23 Apr 2012

    Surojit Chatterjee and Soumitro Ray's meeting and their experimentation with folk resulted in the formation of the band with the name Bhoomi - meaning Earth - which gelled in, in spirit and essence with their earthly and folksy style - along with the other members.

    Their current line-up includes 5 band members -

    Surojit Chatterjee - Song writer , Composer , Lead vocals, Acoustic , Electric and Slide guitar, Mandolin, Recorder, Flute, dotara, Harmonica, Accordion , khamak& castanets

    Soumitra Ray - Song writer , Composer ,Lead vocals, Drums, Congas, Bongos & Percussion

    Hemanto Goswami - Acoustic , Electric Guitar and backing vocals

    Abhijit Ghosh - Bass guitar and backing vocals

    Robin Lai - Keyboards, Violin , Harmonium and also the
    sound engineer of the band

    From their humble beginnings - they played to all kinds of audiences - they gained popularity and their fame spread in West Bengal, their home state. They played to both urban as well as rural audiences, sometimes playing to small crowds of village gatherings in front of paddy fields, the rural Bengal backdrop forming their song's canvas and background as well as the palette into which they dipped in to get their inspiration and source, sometimes to audiences of over 40,000 people at annual village fairs.
    Touring around the country in a punishing schedule finally resulted in the big break they were looking for - wide appeal beyond the college circuit and reach to the people new to this form of radically different folk music in Bengal. Their single "Baranday Roddur" written and composed by Surojit from their debut album finally caught the attention of the Bengali urban listener with its catchy tune and simplistic lyrics which jived with the modern Bengali psyche very well. The song catapulted the group to new heights of stardom.

    Surojit's unassuming lead along with the group members' simple and casual stage presence but lively music in live performances landed them more gigs, and very soon they were playing with other folk/rock bands from around the world - spreading their magic beyond the borders of Bengal.
    Since the debut album, they have gone on to play folk songs they wrote which were influenced by influences from western music - like the blues. This is prominent in their song "Bhangor Mohiser Gaan" sung by Surojit - a salute to the herdsman's wife who waits for her husband and cattle's return from the forests - each day endangered by the threat of wild animals which prey on them both. There were gems from the traditional Baul based minstrel songs - which imparted a spiritual message alongside - like "Emon Manob Jonom" , "Kancha Haarite" & "nadi bhora dheu" sung by Surojit. "tomae hrid majhare raakhbo" by Soumitra .
    Touring has been one of their strong points. They have played in the USA in four touring seasons - and each time doing a hectic schedule around the country - initially in California and the Mid-West and then subsequently in various cities on the East Coast. In 2006 they capped off their live performance tour program in the United States with a performance at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, in a special performance for UN Staff. This was their 880th live performance - an incredible achievement for any live band who have resurrected folk music from its forgotten and dust-gathered past.

    Their UN performance resulted in the group penning their first song in English - For a Better Day written and composed by Soumitra and sung by both Soumitra and Surojit.
    In 2008 Bhoomi was the only Asian Band to perform at the International Jazz Festival at Montreal, Canada.