Skip to main content

"We create New Music because Uniqueness lay within us” The Radical Array Project Gets Close and Candid About Their Work

The Radical Array Project popularly known as T. R. A. P. which turned 3 years this August had a rambling conversation with us wherein they confided several of their experiences. This band set in the suburbs of Kolkata aspires to enthuse among its audience a spirit of new music with variation in taste and quality which is heartily appreciated by their fan followers.

Beginning with the introduction of the five member band consisting of Suanjito Dutta (the drummer), Swapnabho Roy aka Papai (the bass guitarist), followed by Ronnie Chatterjee (the guitarist, production manager) , Bhaswar Sen ( the Violinist) and Anupam Pyne ( the key board player) began the conversation.

When asked what was their inspiration to start the band, replied Bhaswar Sen, "the inspiration was to do something unique, apart from doing covers of famous bollywood and western music, the agenda was to perform instrumental music in our own way". They told us how they had a different team before. Back in school, Suanjito and Bhaswar were together where they formed their band but unfortunately they disintegrated.  Later Suanjito, Ronnie's senior in college brought them together and they happened to meet Anupam Pyne in the Echo Rehearsal pad in North Kolkata where they got to understand that the wavelength of all the them were at par with each other and the vacancy of the key board player was fulfilled. Their already base guitarist left TRAP disheartened but they feel lucky enough to find Papai as their talented Base guitarist now.

"Why the name TRAP?" we asked them.

"I was crazy about the Raghu Dixit Project back then  so I  wanted the term Project in my band. Also, Radical because I wanted to prove the genuineness of our music, Array because that was a term used in IT and since three of us were engineering students" said Bhaswar Sen with a heartily laugh.

When asked Ronnie who also is a backing vocalist sometimes where most of their performances are instrumentals, that whether a vocalist overshadows the essence of music here's what he had to say, "No, in our case it doesn't happen that way, we are an instrumental band basically and since people want us to play bollywood covers and etc we are bound to suffice the audience and feature a vocalist plus a financial necessity also arises for aspiring bands. However these kind of shows do turn out pretty well where the audience requests for GOT and Sherlock theme music covers and that's really amazing.

"We experiment with music" said Papai

 “The fun of our sound is that the odd counts" exclaimed Anupam Pyne. Suanjito's take on this was “to keep it simple for the listeners and for the musicians to be a treat."

All the band members nodded a big "NO" to drugs and they don't feel its a necessity in the field of creativity because the authenticity of their music lay in their fineness and purity not in their mood of dizziness. They don't feel one requires sedatives to keep one in the mood of flow as rhythm plays inside their soul.

"The taste of music among the audience has gone through a drastic change, so do you think you are being able to live up to the expectation of the many?" we asked them after the break and this is what they had to say:

 "In our latest composition Middle Earth, we have fused Irish Folk with Bengali Folk instruments and it was not that we intended to do that, this composition aired into our heads. We are always in pursuit of doing something new for the audience and also for ourselves, only to keep the entire atmosphere in fresh aroma."

They claim to have been the green eyed monsters among themselves sometimes but its always in good humor. They have envied other bands before but they said for the sake of music they just couldn't let jealousy take a hold of them and deviate them from their focus which is to be "UNIQUE".

Lastly they concluded with messages for the audience and here's what each one of them had to say:

 It’s time for people to accept and listen to all the types and different music being produced today and then judge the music scene of our city. 
              ---- Suanjito

 I would like to say the same thing as said by Suanjito that is to try and support the talented musicians of the city and understand the difference they're trying to make.
                                                 ----- Papai

I would like to add on to what they both said, that we know the uniqueness you want and we are already there and we are trying. You just need to see us more vividly and maybe we'll be able to give you more of what you demand.
                                                                                                               ----- Ronnie

 Thank you Kolkata for being there with us and we expect more support from you guys.

 We still hope that you, the listeners will support underground music besides mainstream music.


 T. R. A. P. is really lucky to have such love and support backing them up and they feel it is really commendable, and they are hoping to welcome more enthusiasm and encouragement to keep their performances going with a head-bang. All the five of them said in unison at last that "We don't create New Music for the sake of it, we create New Music because Uniqueness lay within us”

Interviewed and Written by:

Subhangi Ray

Edited by: Aritro Ghosh


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

What Daniel Fernandes's Shadows Is All About

Shadows: A Revelatory Special

I walked into Terna Auditorium on Sunday Night expecting a special set by a comedian I had seen perform live on a previous occasion and had seen videos of on YouTube. Daniel Fernandes went above and beyond that. At the outset he cautions the audience, that his self admittedly social commentary centred style of humour that has gained an instant association with him would not be a feature tonight.
His piece is a reflective one, touching upon self-doubt, his journey of self-discovery, his moment of truth and his foray into comedy. He discusses at length the various paradigms and notions of success that pervade society without sounding preachy. And how while non-conformity can be a lonely place, it isn’t the worst.
Fernandes’ takes on the mantle of a voice in our head and says everything that naturally occurs to us but social conditioning prevents us from expressing vocally.   Through an anecdotal and a canonical sense of humour, he narrates his evolving len…



“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”  ― Franz Kafka
It is said that the world’s two most prized gifts are the love of a woman and the beauty of youth. While we always talk about women, today let’s take this opportunity to talk about youth. Youth is the most treasured trait that a person can have, without it a person can be 45 but feel like 85. Youth or young people around the globe are always treated as not only the “future” of humankind but also looked upon as the envied lot, as their energy levels are still at their peak. So let’s take this time to learn a bit more about them:
1.The definition varies from country to country. According to the United Nations, “Youth” are the people who are of ages 15-24. However different countries have different definitions. In Nigeria youth are termed to be people between ages 18 and 35. In India, according to the National Youth Policy 2014, …

Teacher, often described as our friend, philosopher and guide, plays a vital role in everyone’s life. A teacher has the capability to guide his or her students and give them immense courage and inspiration. We all remember at least one teacher from our school throughout our lives, isn’t it? It is because he or she has been able to put an impact in your life. Teaching is an art and an educator needs to find several methods to teach the students and these ways may differ every time with each new batch of students. An educator needs to perform every day in class as per the needs and demands of the batch and we always remember the best performance althroughout. Hichki, a recent film by Siddharth Malhotra is about a brilliant teacher, Naina Mathur (Rani Mukerji) who has Tourette’s syndrome, lands a job in an elite school after several failures and rejections. She puts aside her problem and overcomes all challenges to…