There is something about Bipul Chhetri’s music which attracts and takes you to an uncharted territory made up of a fusion of sheer happiness and unparalleled poise. A Humming Heart got in touch with Bipul Chettri and it seems like this fusion might be because of the thrill involved, even more so in life than in his music. It could also be because of the way he strums his guitar, a John Mayer of some sorts, or because of the sheer gravity of talent that the Indian artist possesses. All in all, the feeling one gets when Bipul Chettri starts his slow humming, followed by the strum of the guitar can only be described as ‘Koi No Yokan’ – the sense of falling in love in the first meeting itself.
Ironically enough, the Kalimpong, West Bengal, born artist sings mostly in Nepali, an indication of the universal jargon that music is; the statement is further asserted by his concerts in prominent metropolitans like Dubai, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Pune, Kathmandu, and Australia in January 2016.
“Music is a universal language”, told Bipul Chettri exclusively to A Humming Heart on a cold evening of December 16. “There are fans who’ve come up to me and told me that they love my music, even if they don’t understand the lyrics or the language.”
A pensive silence sweeps over Bipul and he pauses; possibly in that moment, he is recollecting all the morsels of appreciation lauded by his myriads of fans. Maybe he is just at a loss for words in appreciating the tenacity of music to move masses, one wonders.
“It is all about the connection. It is all about feeling like you belong there on the stage with the artist. It is about your association with the notes of any particular song.”
“I think the music itself is a connection between you and the outer world. And that is exactly what music means to me an extension of myself”, he adds.
Bipul’s musical journey started back in school and the artist has since taken massive strides in the music industry. An album titled Sketches of Darjeeling, a performance in the NH7 Weekender and numerous tours occurring in between recording his second album which is set to release in the coming year are just some of the accolades that he flaunts.
However, for Bipul, the hectic schedules of an artist do not even matter, as he dubs music “fun”. “Music is something which was already there with me ever since I was born because my father was a musician too. And he is the most important inspiration in my life. He is the reason I am where I am today”
“Therefore, music was something which I looked at from a fun perspective. And you don’t get tired or bored on the subject which is fun to you”
But even in Bipul Chettri’s life there are moments when he gets shaky. “It was my first concert in
Kathmandu, Nepal and I was very nervous and need not knowing what to expect. When I started walking to the venue, people started to stand up, it was a crazy feeling, one which sends shivers down your spines”, he laughs as he recollects the aisle walk.
Nevertheless, singer of the high-acclaimed track Syndicate agrees that, “Music requires discipline. Like everything, music also requires discipline if you have to be successful in it. You have to have the level of dedication and commitment towards it or you’ll falter.”
“I was trained as a classical guitarist and even though all forms of music excites me, I’d pick Bach as my favourite artist”, expresses Chhetri when inquired about his musical influences.
Every track released by Chhetri has a story of its own. He explains, “Like Syndicate is about falling in love with a person in a random area, Asar is about the lovely sound that the chatter of the rain-drops makes in the rainy season. Every track I’ve written has a story behind it.”
And if you don’t fall in love with the cadence once you go through his tracks, then you’ll certainly fall in a relationship with his lyrics and the meaning projected in the overall scheme of things. And maybe, just maybe that is what makes Bipul Chhetri’s music so warm, affectionate and attractive.
(With inputs from Dikcha Mukhia)