Drishti implies an interpretation of common sense understanding through experience, which enhances and modifies thought, sensation and action. This, as such, loosely defines the Bengali band, Drishti. The band traces its roots back to 1992, when three Jadavpur University engineering students, Abhimanyu, Abhijit and Bappaditya (Atanu), got together and started writing, composing and singing Bengali songs. In October 2012, after 20 long years, Bappa and Abhijit launches Drishti's first music album, "Shomoy".
"Shomoy" is a Bengali word for Time. Time is a dimension - a dimension of ordering events from past to the present, a measure of durations or of intervals between events. Drishti’s first album presents a tableau of the trio’s travels, as indeed of the travails, through Time, albeit in a particular interval, 20 years ago. Each song in the album is based on a conscious experience of varied mental states, each different and significant. It seeks to chart the pinnacles of ecstasy through to plumbing the depths of agony, a ride which often accompanies any conscious being on its progress through Time.
The music of Drishti is heavily influenced by by the likes of Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Santana, Eric Clapton, Percy Faith, John McLaughlin, R D Burman, Salil Chowdhury, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Mohiner Ghoraguli, Rabindranath Tagore and the vast number of musicians and composers from past and present who have contributed to the rich musical heritage of this world.
Bappaditya is Drishti’s lead singer and a talented lyricist, composer, and actor. Bappa grew up in a unique setting of maths and music. His dad is a famous mathematician and his mom a Rabindrasangeet artist. From a very early age, Bappa discovered his natural instincts as a talented singer and started performing at various occasions in Kolkata. While studying engineering at Jadavpur University, he met Abhijit and Abhimanyu, and together they formed Drishti. Later in life, he lived in USA and New Zealand where he has done numerous live public performances. In USA , Bappa acted with Sayak and also performed at the International Theatre Festival on Broadway with Nandikar Theatre group. On returning to Bangalore he once again teamed up with Abhijit to revive Drishti. He did his graduation in Computer Science & Engg from Jadavpur University and Management program from IIM Kolkata. Currently he lives in Kolkata with his wife and two daughters and works in a multinational IT consulting company.
Abhijit is Drishti's musical soul. He grew up in a family of musicians and singers. His dad played the accordion and harmonica while his mom is a qualified Indian classical singer. From the age of 10, Abhijit started composing English songs and played the guitar, keyboard, harmonica, and percussions in the school band and at various social events. But it was only after meeting Bappa and Abhimanyu at Jadavpur University, that Abhijit discovered his true potential in composing Bengali songs with a unique blend of western and eastern elements. Abhijit moved to USA to pursue higher studies and a professional career, but worked in Bangalore for a few years in between. That was when he and Bappa decided to revive Drishti. Abhijit did his graduation in Computer Science & Engg from Jadavpur University, followed by Masters in Computer Science from SIU at Carbondale, and an MBA from UC Berkeley. Currently he lives near San Francisco with his wife and son and works at a well known software company.
Abhimanyu is Drishti's free radical. He got interested in music, at the age of 5, when he saw violinists at the school orchestra and decided to start learning the instrument. He trained in western classical music and is a professional accredited violinist. He studied music under Abraham Mazumdar, who was his music teacher and also belonged to the band, Mohiner Ghoraguli. It was from Abhraham Mazumdar that he developed his very eclectic music taste which ranges from the classical greats like Mozart, Chopin, Vivaldi and Beethoven, jazz musicians like Miles Davis, Wynton Marsalis and Charlie Parker, rock 'n' roll bands like Rolling Stones and Jefferson Airplane, and Jam bands like Grateful Dead, Phish and Stringcheese Incident. He plays string instruments like the violin and guitars. His inspirations for composing lyrics and music comes from his broad-based reading and listening to people. Post Jadavpur University, he left India to pursue a PhD in Financial Mathematics and currently works for a Hedge Fund as a Portfolio Manager and Risk Manager in London, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.