‘He is very effective as a ‘Sugam Sangeet Singer’ (light
Hindustani classical incorporating all genres) and has already established
himself as a household name in the sphere of music in Bengal. Some of his Hindi
and Bengali devotional numbers are well known to listeners of music. He has
also visited countries abroad for several musical tours. I wish him all success
in life and, am confident that he will project the precious elements of our
music successfully to other parts of the world”

These words of praise come from none other than the eminent
musician Ajoy Chakrabarty in reference to his young pupil Shuvodeep Mukherjee’s
exceptionally-gifted talent both as a vocalist and composer of traditional
Indian music. Mukherjee has received accolades from other renowned singers and
composers such as Manna De, Haimanti Shukla, Sriradha Bandhopadhyay,
Bollywood’s Jolly Mukherji, Babul Supriyo and Gajendra Singh among others.

His quest to reach out to a global audience has taken him to
greener pastures abroad apart from prestigious concerts across India. Mukherjee
has received recognition both as a vocalist and composer for mesmerising his
listeners in places such as the USA, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Canada and Hong
Kong. He is a specialist with a wide repertoire in Indian classical and
semi-classical songs like geet, ghazal, bhajan and devotional vocal renditions
in modern Bengali and Hindi songs.

My first exposure to the golden voice of Mukherjee was at a
recent musical soiree at the Satyajit Ray auditorium in Kolkata. I was
overwhelmed listening to the strains of his mellifluous ghazals. Presented by
the ICCR, the memorable musical evening was enlivened by Mukherjee’s
self-composed songs coupled with ghazals and other miscellaneous compositions
popularised by almost all legendary singers.

As a curtain raiser, listeners were treated to Chupke chupke
raat din sung famously by Ghulam Ali followed by his own compositions and
ghazals. Mukherjee’s compositions of modern Bengali songs were apparently
influenced by a whole range of Indian ragas encapsulating different genres of
heart-rending music like folk, ghazals and the melodic rhythms of bosa nova,
waltz and swing.

The curtains came down with Manna De’s legendary song Laga
Chunrime daag, which received a thunderous applause from the packed audience.
The occasion was also marked by Mukherjee’s music album release Hridayer Gaan
(Song from the Heart) — repertoire of songs that touch the soul. His musical
passion was triggered when he was just five years old — he was inspired by his
mother Roma Mukherjee who nurtured a profound interest in music.

Mukherjee’s musical growth may be traced to the dedicated
tutelage he received from such musical stalwarts as Kartik Bag, Adhir Bagchi,
Kalyan Sen Barat, Abhijit Bandhopadhyay, Jatileswar Mukhopadhyay and of course
Ajoy Chakraborty. He may quite well be deemed as the only international artiste
who is propagating the music of his gurus to the world and making it popular
there. Singing predominantly ghazals, Mukherjee owes much of his mature singing
skills to his gurus who were instrumental in shaping his voice.

Recalling his first stage performance as a vocalist at the
age of 16 at Rabindra Sadan, Mukherjee says, “I must admit that my early
exposure to vocal music at such a tender age simply overwhelmed me. I was great
to know that my audience was delighted.”

Mukherjee was conferred with the honorary title of Pandit by
Prashar Bharati, Government of India, in 2014. His love for performing
raga-based Indian music to even rock, led him to compose more than a hundred
modern Bengali songs including ghazals. Having travelled widely, his ghazals
are popular in countries like Pakistan and the UAE. Mukherjee has to his credit
40 music albums on labels such as HMV, T-Series, Universal (Mumbai), Gathani
and international albums like Tere Khusboo from the USA and Raaz-e-dil from
Spain.

Among his future projects is a musical concert incorporating
the miscellaneous disciplines of Indian music coupled with American musicians
from Los Angeles who will be performing with Mukherjee in January. Mukherjee
has many students under his wing, many of them foreigners, who are groomed at
his music institution Kristi, located at Bakul Bagan Row (near Landsdown Market
in Kolkata).

In his attempt to reach out to a universal crowd of music
aficionados, Mukherjee concludes with these words that expound the god-gifted
qualities of his musical genius, “My music works as a great therapy for
tension. The main aim is to master the techniques of incorporating a
combination of notes like do re mi fa so la ti from western music, which are
the same as our sa re ga ma pa.

“The moods and emotions bring out the bond of kinship that
blends both harmony and melody.”