Somesh Mathur

Sufi Sojourn

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From the album Time Stood Still
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With the widening of horizons of music, both in the East and the West, unconventional forms of music are fast gaining popularity. These explorations are bringing in new sounds in their wake and with each successive innovation, rise a few geniuses whose creativity shines out from amongst the masses.  Somesh Mathur {fondly called Panditji} has devoted his life to the discovery of new vistas in the field of music. An explorer by nature, he has experimented with different genres, creating a few moments of magic in his quest to enlarge the boundaries of conventional music.  A Guru of Indian Classical Music & Voice Culture. Having developed an extremely fast and effective regime to train vocalists, involving not just singing techniques, but also Yoga & Pranayaam. Panditji is fluent in English, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and to some extent in Punjabi.

A scholar at heart, Somesh combines the discipline of a classical singer with the thorough professionalism of an M.B.A. graduate. His creativity and panache stem from the environment in which this child prodigy has been brought up. His illustrious father, Pandit Sarvesh Chandra Mathur is an exponent of the Agra Gharana. His talented mother, Smt. Sudha Mathur is a violin maestro, being one of the foremost disciples of one of the greatest doyens of Indian Classical Music – PANDIT V.G. JOG. Their encouragement saw a 4-year-old Somesh give a virtuoso performance of a Chota Khayaal {a classical rendition} in Raga Durga.

To further hone his talent, Somesh graduated as a Sangeet Visharad [equivalent to a graduation degree in Hindustani Classical Music – Vocal] from the famous Gandharva Mahavidhyalaya along with an M.B.A. to gain the academic rigor that is instilled in many of his compositions. His first ever professional concert at the famous Sangeet Research Academy [Calcutta] charmed an elite and discerning audience including stalwarts of Indian Classical Music like; the late Ustad Nissar Hussain Khan; the late Pandit V.G.Jog; the late Ustad Latafat Hussain Khan; the late Pandit Nivritbua Sarnaik; the late Pandit Gyan Prakash Ghosh; the late Ustad Vilayat Khan; Ustad Rashid Khan; Pandit Ajoy Chaktaborty; amongst a host of several other accomplished artistes & gurus.

From then on, Somesh has never looked back and has won a number of accolades acknowledging his thirst to uncover new streams of music. Somesh experiments with a variety of genres ranging from Indian Classical to Classic Rock; and everything in between, like, jazz; soul; blues; R & B; hip-hop; western classical; Thumri; Qawaali; Bhajan; Keertan; Sufi and Ghazals. The dynamic composer possesses a bank of over 110 tunes {composed over several years} encompassing various genres of music.

His discography includes: Ek Nayi Baat (1986), NAZAR MILAA KE {MAGNASOUND (1998), Music Mehfils, Vol. 1 (2014), SOMESH MATHUR – MY WORLD (2018), SOMESH MATHUR – Love Me Blue (2018), SOMESH MATHUR – MANN : THE MESSIAH (2018) EP, and now TIME STOOD STILL (2018). Time Stood Still his most recent offering, is a heady mix of different styles of music, including Sufi, Indian classical, Ghazals, R&B and jazz-fusion. Recorded in Los Angeles and Produced by Scott Kinsey, Somesh Mathur the featured artist, instrumentalist and vocalist, mesmerizes with his mellifluous vocals.