Monday, February 09, 2009

The Freaky Devotees

Passion and purpose go hand in hand. When you discover your purpose, you will normally find it’s something you’re tremendously passionate about.

- Steve Pavlina


Passion is what arms people to go into the chaotic future unaided. Passion is what drives ordinary people to perform extraordinary feats and create legends of themselves. As a very essential ingredient in the haphazard concoction of life, it is what prompts some of us to delve deep and discover our real selves and understand the purpose behind our existence.

One such instance of marvel is the Freaky Devotees band which was formed by very intimate friends of mine, brothers, Sourin and Subhrojyoti. Either of them like many of us are tied to the vagaries of corporate life and yet have taken the time and made the effort to realize their passion and thus add a substantial amount of satisfaction and joy to their otherwise robotic and hectic lives.

Sourin and Subhrojyoti were born in the 70s in Shillong, a place tucked away in a corner of India. They traveled widely with their parents and learnt to appreciate Mother Nature and music much better. They learned music from their parents. Sourin continued to pursue the traditional folk and classical form of Indian music while Subhrojyoti developed an immense liking for rock music and started performing while studying engineering at the National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur. While in school Sourin met Zubin, now a very successful musician in Bollywood. Sourin collaborated with Zubin on a number of occasions, recording soundtracks for movies. He also collaborated with Lyton, a friend from college, for recording movie tracks. Zubin introduced Sourin to Utpal, a creative composer and arranger. Sourin, Subhro and Utpal formed "The Freaky Devotees Band." They recorded eight tracks for their first album "Sacred Musings". Mr. Subimal Roy Chaudhuri (Sourin's and Subhro’s father) produced the album and provided great support to the band.

I decided to do a post on them not merely because of them being good friends of mine, but because of them being shining examples of people who choose to better understand the purpose of their lives and unfailingly strive every moment to realize it and continually make reflective inward progress and change, something that has been a significant motivation to many of us who know the duo. The true purpose of life is in living unaided in the endeavour to seek ultimate bliss through one's actions no matter however small they seem to be. It takes courage, dedication and steadfast will in the face of all opposition! Efforts are always well paid. The band has been nominated for the prestigious Effigy Awards after having been voted favourites across 88 nations.

Footnotes:

I also thought it well to put a link to their music which can be downloaded upon payment, for those who would be interested to sample it. Do visit it here. I have also put a small column window with the profile and the music download portal.

Image Courtesy: Subhro and Sourin, The Freaky Devotees Band

They can also be reached via email at freakydevotees@gmail.com

Incidentally, this is my 100th post

34 comments:

  1. Nice post, Rak..
    Never heard them or of them...

    and the link there -- I don't buy anything online...not even a book at Amazon --- Not a habit! and don't like to change certain habits..but will keep an eye and ear for the band name ...

    Passion -- very true, "Passion is what arms people to go into the chaotic future unaided."

    And my passion is life itself --- poetry, art, music, humour et all comes of it -- and I land up at many places...

    and my life -- like to keep it low profile :)

    love,
    devika

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  2. sounds interesting. will chk out their link.
    hope they succeed enough to follow their hearts without the corporate burden!

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  3. congrats on ur 100th post...!! and interesting band.. will look them up!

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  4. I'd like an Intro!!! :D Just to know how they made it possible ;) I'm just like them, say, .00001% :D

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  5. congrats on your 100th post...

    U did a good thing by trying to popularise such bands which have a passion to compose new original music...Will check out their music soon..
    I did get inspired by some parts of the post...the ones mentioning purpose of life

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  6. All throughtout the day, I was in a confusion and I still am. Music, singing, etc are my passions too. But I really dont know if I should leave what Iam doing right now and chase my dreams. As far as I am concerned, I can afford to take the risk. But then again, I have to think about my family too, cant let them down for whatever they have done. Such is life !

    All the best for the band and hope they win more awards/recognitions.

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  7. Sounds like an interesting Band.

    Happy 100th Rakesh! :)

    Keshi.

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  8. Getting the Passion and Needs into life at the SAME time is soooo hard. People who achieve it I Envy!
    Happy 100 man!

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  9. It's always feels nice to hear stories of people who managed to do wht they loved to do..i wish the band to achieve new heights! all the best TFDs

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  10. Interesting. It is indeed blissful to follow one's passion and be successful at it. It is very rare to find such people.

    Destination Infinity

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  11. Best wishes to the band
    and Best wishes for you too on this 100th post!

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  12. ongrats on your 100th! hope there's many more to come :)
    and a powerful post to celebrate it.

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  13. Congrats on the 100th post.
    let many more come.
    haven't heard much of the band.
    wishes
    take care.

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  14. never heard of them..what are they into?

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  15. Thanks a lot everybody and a very big thank you to Rakesh! You guys are excellent...the way you encourage...the way you appreciate is
    super!you may not be pursuing your passion right now but you have very successfully managed to generate a lot in us...God bless and please keep supporting us...we need you!

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  16. Hey bro!! that was an inspiring read! never had heard about them...

    Would listen to them for sure,... And what life can be without passions and dreams and without chasing them...

    And congrats on the 100th post...

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  17. Devika Chechi

    Thanks very much for your comments!

    These guys are not into commercial music and are budding but very promising indeed!

    Quite recently midday featured them on their space!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  18. Magiceye

    Do please check them out! And like you said, they are a success first for following their passion!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  19. Elith

    Thanks very much! Do check them out!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  20. Vibu

    You can write to them on freakydevotees@gmail.com and either Sourin or Subhro will be glad to share things with you!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  21. Praveen

    Thanks very much budd! And yes, someone who follows passion is a true inspiration, one of the reasons I chose to do a post on them!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  22. Vimmuuu

    More often than not we are all stranded as to whether we should follow our passion or hit a course that we do not subscribe!
    And almost always, its the latter we end up into!

    I hear you very well for I too am much in the same situation!

    Rakesh

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  23. Vivek

    Right you are when you say "Getting the Passion and Needs into life at the SAME time is hard."

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  24. Deepak

    Thanks! Will pass them on!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  25. Nav

    Thanks very much for the wishes. Will be sure to pass them on!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  26. DI

    It is indeed bliss to follow one's passion and be successful at it.
    How much I wish too!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  27. Polona

    Thanks very much! Appreciate your comments!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  28. MIP

    Thanks very much! As far as Freaky Devotees are concerned, you'll hear about them soon!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  29. Rakesh

    They are a band into world music! Do check out the links!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  30. Sourin

    Thanks very much! It is indeed a pleasure to have known you guys and even more to have showcased what you guys do!
    The pleasure is mine!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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  31. Bharath

    Thanks very much! Do check them out!

    Cheers

    Rakesh

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