A career profile for those interested:
Srikanta Acharya primarily sings contemporary Bangla songs reflecting the ethos of his times as well steeped in the rich musical heritage of the past. Srikanta received formal training in Rabindra Sangeet for ten years from Dakshinee. He also took training in tabla, his first love, from Ustad Ali Ahmad Khan for a brief period. Overall, he has learnt his music from avid listening of all kinds of music and in this sense; he is essentially a self-taught musician.
1996, Srikanta’s year of appearance as a professional singer, saw the release of Moner Janala a compilation of Bangla songs of yesteryears and Hey Bondhu Hey Priyo a compilation of Tagore’s songs. 1998 saw, Ek Jhank Pakhi, Srikanta's debut solo album of his very own basic songs. A series of awards followed with his basic albums hence. In 2000, Brishti Tomakay Dilam fetched him the Snowcem-Anandabazar Best Puja Album of the Year Award. In 2001, Nodir Chhobi Aki received the Parle Anandabazar best album and Anadalok Best Male Vocal award. Ghuri (2004) fetched him the National-Insurance Anandabazaar Best Puja Album of the Year Award and Roddur (2006) got him the same award (Dettol- Anandabazar Sharad Arghya) this year.
Among his albums of Rabindrasangeet Jibon Chhobi (2004) received the Best Rabindrasangeet Alpha Music Award in 2004.
Significantly Srikanta’s song in Rituparno Ghosh’s film Titli fetched him the Best Male Playback BFJA award in 2003 and rendition of a Tagore song for Mrinal Sen’s movie Amar Bhuban fetched him the ANANDALOK Award for the Best Male Playback Singer in 2004.
Srikanta performs for audiences across West Bengal and India. His international tours include touring of the United States in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 (the last for the Silver Jubilee Celebration of North American Bengali Conference in Madison Square Gardens, New York in July 2005); England and Scotland (2003) and Australia, Singapore, Kuwait (2005), Canada (2006) and Dubai and USA (May and June 2007).
Srikanto also presents “Addaye Srikanto”, a Sunday morning musical radio show on Friends 91.9 FM, an ABP house radio station.
I thrive on friends, adda, theater and good Cinema. I am a Satyajit Ray fanatic.
With regard to politics, I believe that the present ‘development’ model will create a huge gap between the rich and the poor – and so I don’t subscribe to it. I am against the fanatic drive towards ‘concretization’ and depletion of ground water. I have a rainwater harvesting system at home and I drink rainwater throughout the monsoon months. I would implore you to go for it too!