Most of his songs are played solo with just a synthesiser or a guitar. Like many Bengali singers, Suman has also recorded albums of Rabindra Sangeet (Songs of Rabindranath Tagore), starting in the late-1990s. Suman’s primary training was in Indian classical music and Rabindra Sangeet, and he picked up Western folk forms while living abroad. From 1975 to 1989 he worked as a broadcast journalist working overseas, living in Germany, where he worked for German International Radio, and in the United States, where he worked for Voice of America’s Bengali language service. He finished his second contract with German International Radio in 1989, and returned to Kolkata.
He released his first album, Tomake Chai, in 1992. Since then he has released over ten albums, his most recent one being Nandigram in 2007. Along with his musical contributions, Suman is famous as a journalist and active citizen of country. He was a combat journalist in Nicaragua during Sandinista revolution and wrote a book Mukto Nicaragua("Free Nicaragua") on that. In beginning of his musical career, he showed some adherence with the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) and soon got disillusioned by them for there semi-fascist revisionist approach, but however continued to be vocal with his left democratic consciousness in various forums.
In fact, today he is one of the important mass organizers of the ongoing movement against neo-liberal attacks in West Bengal. During the Godhra riots, his songs and activities appealed very successfully to mass consciousness against fundamentalism. On the reaction of fascist attacks on people of West Bengal by CPI(M) government, Suman composed several songs which have been released as an album, Nandigram. Suman announced that the royalty for this disc will be used for support of on going save-lands struggle. Discography: 1992: Tomake Chai 1993: Boshe Aanko 1993: Ichhe Holo 1994: Gaanola 1995: Ghumao Baundule 1996: Chaichhi Tomar Bondhuta 1997: Jatismar 1998: Nishidhdha Istehar 1999: Pagla Shanai 1999: Achena Chhuti 2000: Jabo Achenay 2000: Nagorik Kabial 2002: Aadaab 2003: Reaching Out (English Album) 2005: Dekhchi Toke 2006: 13 (Tyaro) 2007: Nandigram Source: Wikipedia Read more on Last.fm.
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