About the band members:



Mithu Dasgupta

Mithu is our lead female vocalist and founding member of Aarohan.

"It's not love for music, it's a passion and it goes beyond liking, and beyond a hobby, it's about a way of living..... Music is essential for my life - Aarmin Van Burren." This quote resonates with Mithu's journey with music. She has received extensive training in Hindustani vocal, and other semi-classical forms of music since her childhood in Kolkata. She is still learning, experimenting, and living the essence of pure classical and different genres of music.

 


Syed Amin

Syed, a founding member of Aarohan, is our in-house composer and a multi-talented musician.


Inspired by Bangladeshi folk music, Syed started getting vocal lessons from his mother when he was a little kid. It has been a long journey since then and he has the pleasure to work with many musicians and in the process picked up some musical instruments such as drums, keyboard etc. He has a profound passion in composing Bangla songs and in exploring contemporary and acoustic instruments.
 

Ayan Das

Ayan, another founding member of Aarohan -- our pianist/keyboardist who is full of exuberance and makes the practice sessions high on prime-time drama.

Ayan is an avid follower of techno, ambient and experimental soundtracks. Born and brought up in Kolkata, and vocally trained by renowned Rabindrasangeet singer Ashaktaru Banerjee. Ayan's interest shifted towards electronic music with loops, progressive structure, synth disturbances and he started learning piano and keyboard during his late college years. Ayan seeks experimentation and fusion through his involvement with 'Aarohan'. He is a keen backpacker, loves playing soccer and enjoys globetrotting.





Anindya Dasgupta

Our guitarist, Anindya -- a sportive individual who gleefully hosts our rehearsal sessions.

Anindya is an amateur guitarist who is an ardent fan of Floyd, Dylan, and Neil Young. He started picking up his guitar skills after the AAROHAN band was formed in 2014. His biggest critic for music is his 11 years old daughter.
 

Rajiv Kattekola

Rajiv's passion for music began since he was a child and has learned to sing by listening to AR Rehman and Kartik.  He is a devotee of AR Rehman! Rajiv has participated in the nationwide singing competition held by ATA (American Telugu Association) last year and won the competition. Rajiv has had no formal training prior but has started learning Hindustani Classical from Mrs. Mita Kundu in Portland.

Aarohan is the first band Rajiv has been a part of. He thanks every member of the band for being supportive and help him grow in his musical journey. He is also happy to come out of his comfort zone and try new songs in a band setting. 
 

Shahadat Hussain (Schumon)

Schumon has immense interest for classical, progressive and psychedelic music. He started playing classical guitar from his high school days in Dhaka and has always been into playing and recording different genres of music.

Schumon likes to blend traditional/folk songs with western tunes. Aarohan has been a new but an exciting journey for him as he continues along the avenues of fusion.



Apratim

Apratim Dhar

Apratim's interests in music span many genres, from classic rock to Hindi film melodies. He took formal lessons on the keyboard while in high school and has played in bands during college, graduate school and also here in Portland. In his spare time, Apratim enjoys playing the piano and exploring Portland's vibrant food scene.
 

Malini Ganguly

Malini Ganguly is a senior at Westview High School. She is involved with many activities, such as her school’s concert choir, the Pacific Youth Choir, Nothing But Treble Acapella, as well as both MYS and PYP. This past summer, Malini traveled to NYC and performed in Carnegie Hall. She will also compete in the Miss Oregon Teen USA pageant in January. In her free time, Malini enjoys listening to music and drawing.
 

Bhaskar Ganguly

Bhaskar -- our percussionist who gets our music bang on requirements!!

He is also a founding member of Aarohan. You cannot escape music when you are born in a family where both parents are professional musicians – music director (dad) and classical dancer (mom). Growing up - he tried to resist structured and rigorous training of music in favor of his first love - cricket. Yet, the gene took over and he started enjoying music from both sides of the stage. Still learning the tricks with various kinds of drums he
plays.


 



Astha Mitra

Astha Mitra (Shukla) grew up in a Lucknawi family where art was always around, be it painting, instruments, poetry or singing. Her parents observed her love for singing when she was 2.5 years old and enrolled her in Indian classical music classes as soon as she turned 4. Right from her first public performance at a Rabindra Sangeet singing competition (thanks to her first music teacher being a Bengali), Astha started her musical journey of learning from gurus and performing at various avenues. While learning gave her invaluable tools, she has always believed in "Music without rules" and performs by submerging herself in the songs and going with the flow.

After a few years of break, Astha joined hands with Jazba as her first band in Portland and performed for 3 years. Aarohan is a new journey which she is excited to be a part of and looks forward to performing and fusing great music with the talented artists in the band.
 






Md Habib Ullah Habib

Hem (Md Habib Ullah Habib) is from Bangladesh. He is currently living in Hillsboro, Oregon, USA. He has been playing string instruments for a while. In his college years, Hem along with four of his friends decided to start a band to satisfy their souls by playing their favorite songs from different genre. Eventually the band broke up when people went to different parts of the world for higher studies. He moved to Oregon for Job last year and found the music lovers in this team. After a long break, he started playing in a band again and is enjoying every bit of it.

 

Sudipto Naskar

Sudipto Naskar is a full time Intel Engineer whose musical journey started in College with playing guitar with his friends. During college he has performed at  several occasions in several cities. After moving to Portland, he started off as a part of Portland’s desi band ‘TARANA’ and performed with them for 4 years. Soon a few of his talented musician friends came together and formed their own band ‘JAZBA ’. Jazba has performed in and around Portland several times in the recent years. Lately, Sudipto’s musical journey took a new turn when he met the super talented members of Portland’s own Bangla band ‘UDOYACHAL’ and has  started to focus on creating original compositions. A father of two daughters, Sudipto is currently working towards his next goal – performing alongside his daughters.