Bipul is a singer/songwriter from Kalimpong, Darjeeling, based in New Delhi.
Taking inspiration from the folk sounds of the Himalayas, his music is reminiscent of tunes and melodies long forgotten in the space of time.
In the beginning of 2013, a song spread across the Internet like wildfire. Not surprisingly, it was titled ‘Wildfire/Dadhelo’. The response from the listeners and the rate at which the song ended up on everyone's playlist laid the foundation for the EP "Sketches of Darjeeling', released in July 2014.
Recorded between 2013-14, the album is a collection of songs inspired by life around the hills of Darjeeling, a small town that sits on the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. Harmonically blending Nepali folk music with contemporary western musical elements, the songs have the rare quality of touching the pahari heart and transporting the listener to the land where the songs were born.
After two years since Bipul Chettri presented “Sketches of Darjeeling”, Maya, his second offering is a collection of songs and compositions that could only have come from a soul that is always roaming the hills of Darjeeling was released in June 2016.
A single, “Syndicate”, was released online sometime in 2015. And while that, as intended, had the audience distracted, Bipul reached inside and started looking for new stories to sing.
“Maya”, as the name suggests, is about love. Love found, love lost, love given, love reciprocated, love imagined and, always, that love for the hills Bipul calls home. Since his last two albums, he has released 6 more singles, Gahiro Gahiro, Basant, Aashish and Teesta, Mughlan and Neela Akash.
A LTCL (Licentiate of Trinity College, London) Diploma holder in western classical guitar, he is also the first and only Nepali language singer/songwriter to have been endorsed by Epiphone Guitars (Gibson India). His music's popularity is evident on online social platforms and has received tremendous airplays across the world. He is the head of the Arts Department at the Vasant Valley School in New Delhi when he is not travelling to perform.
He has performed at sold out concerts in New York, Boston, Dallas, Baltimore, San Francisco, St. Paul, Seattle & Los Angeles in the U.S., Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth in Australia while also having performed for four consecutive years in London apart from Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE as well as various cities in India and Nepal. He is one of a few indie musicians who has headlined a Music Festival in London at the SSE Wembley Arena.
He has performed at music festivals across the world; the NH7 Weekender at Shillong, Pune, and New Delhi, Joon Festival in the U.K. at the Wembley Arena and Basingstoke, Momo Festival at Melbourne, Nepal Music Festival at Kathmandu, The Winter Festival in Darjeeling, Sikkim Winter Carnival at Gangtok, Maya Winter Festival in Sydney ASEAN Music Festival at New Delhi and Udaipur Music Festival to name a few.
He is currently in the studios recording some more tunes which he hopes to release soon.
"Chettri stands apart with an unpretentiousness that reflects the simplicity of mountain life. Eschewing studio over-production, his music has a rare transportable quality, and not just for the guileless singing or the effortless blending of instruments such as the Nepali sarangi"