Subhamita, born in a musical family, carried an unscented fragrance into the angelic blossoms of Indian vocal music of lighter veins – an iconic WHO’S WHO, a Role Model, in million hearts of contemporary listeners.
Her father, Shri Joshoda Dulal Das, a classical vocalist, being her first Guru, her journey began deeply rooted in classicism of timeless tradition of Indian vocal music. It soon blazed up her dormant fire transmuting in silence with advanced ‘talim’ (training) from celebrated Gurus like Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar of Jaipur Gwalior Gharana, Shri Aniruddha Bhattacharya of Kirana Gharana and Vidushi Purnima Chowdhury of Banarasi style Purab Ang Thumri, Dadra, Chaiti, Kajri traditions.
By 2003-04, the music lovers of Kolkata in particular witnessed the meteoric rise of Subhamita to fame with Bengali songs (Bangla Gaan) in her lips but behind it lesser known was the truth of the secret magic lamp, the handiwork of famous creative genius Nachiketa Chakraborty whose contribution was more of a fatherhood than of mere camaraderie in Subhamita’s arrow-shot journey in the music horizon. At the same time, a strange confluence was documented thru’ HMV release of her full length classical vocal recordings (Khyal) besides her performance of classical concerts in noted music conferences in Kolkata and suburbs portraying a different palate of this pristine music renderings to classy cognoscenti. Of late Subhamita bedecks her repertoire with the strains of Ghazal, a new flame in her chandelier.
In academics Subhamita did no less either having completed Graduation with Hons. in English from Calcutta University and Masters in English from Rabindra Bharati University in the year 1998 beside her musical exploits.
Widely travelled both home and abroad presenting innumerable concerts in all major cities and distant corners of India as well as good many places in Canada, America, Europe, Australia and some Middle East countries, Subhamita is also blissfully attained with so many honours and accolades. To name a few –
- Offered with Scholarship from famous ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata.
- Recipient of National Scholarship from the Government of India in 1992.
- Placed “First” in HMV Golden Talent Contest in 1993.
- Placed “First: in SA-THEKE-SA of ETV Bangla (Subhamita’s turning point in life).
- Released nearly a dozen album of Bengali Songs.
- Lent voice in more than 200 Tele-serial, Telefilm and Bengali Feature Film.
- Crowned with 3 Tele-Serial-BEST FEMALE SINGER AWARD in 2006, ‘07 & ’08.
- Recipent of three awards together from THE ANANANDA BAZRAR PATRIKA and 91.9 FM including ‘THE BEST FEMALE SINGER’ AWARD.
- Best female singer award from Radio Mirchi --2012
- Worked with a galaxy of veteran and contemporary musicians, composers, lyricists and music directors, and felt blessed at their unstinted support and munificence.
- Special performance in Pandit Ravi Shankarji’s project in the event “India Calling” in Los Angeles, USA in 2009 needing a special mention.
- Her song,in the film “THE MEMORIES IN MARCH” got immense popularity which was written by Sri RITUPARNO SENGUPTA and directed by DEBAJYATI MISRA
- In july 2011 she had the opportunity to perform in a music festival called GURU SISHYA PARAMPARA organized jointly by EZCC and SRA
- She participated in the ITC SANGIT SAMMELAN 2011
On stage, Subhamita steps in cool, stops at the Microphone Stand, plainly clad but embellished with high spirits of innocence and humility. She begins with Sanskrit invocation calling an ambience of Vedic sanctity, then sets off cascading all her lyrics and tunes from the bosom of her memory and heart not needing a Note Pad ! Dear readers, this is not all !!! Subhamita does not “just” sing !!! She seems lost sometime into a Michael Angelo sculpting, and again sometime interlacing unborn delicacies in oblivion on the fabric of mind boggling compositions with the mesmeric touch of her honey sweet tunes gliding in lashing sweeps too high and low like the streaks of lightning flashes ripping apart the skies – all with the spell-binging resilience of her mellifluous voice.