Bipul Chhetri Peforming song
|Born||Kalimpong, Darjeeling, India|
|Genres||Nepali Folk, Indie|
|Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Music Instructor|
Bipul Chettri (Nepali: ) is a Nepali-Indian singer-songwriter of Himalayan folk music with a contemporary touch. His debut album, Sketches of Darjeeling, was released in July 2014 and his follow-up album, Maya in 2016.
Bipul's grandfather was a poet and his grandmother used to play the sitar. His father picked up his parent's talent and used to perform in Darjeeling and Kurseong but died when Bipul was very young. Bipul credits his father for his inclination towards music and his choice of becoming a musician
One of the tracks, "Ramsailee", from his debut album, is an ode to his beloved father.
Bipul attended St. Augustine's School in Kalimpong, Darjeeling and subsequently graduated with an LTCL (Licentiate of Trinity College, London) in Western Classical Guitar from the Trinity Music School of London under Sir Jiwan Kumar Pradhan who is the Representative for Trinity School of music, London .
Bipul's voice and musical abilities were introduced to the world with his song "Wildfire (Dadelo)". It was recorded and uploaded on SoundCloud in February 2013 and soon became a sensation among Nepalese worldwide. This laid the foundation for his debut album Sketches of Darjeeling.
His debut album Sketches of Darjeeling was received by listeners with huge appreciation. He was the 'Top Selling Artist for 2014-15, and was in the Top Ten for 2015-16, on OKListen.Com, an indie retail music site in India. He won the 'Pop-Rock Album of the Year' for 'Sketches of Darjeeling', 'Best Pop-Rock Composition of the Year' & 'Best Male Pop Vocal Performance of the Year for his song "Syndicate" at the recently concluded Hero Hits FM 91.2 Awards.
An LTCL Diploma holder in classical guitar, Bipul has now ventured into the contemporary folk/folk rock genre. 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 social platforms like 'SoundCloud' and 'YouTube' and has received tremendous radio airplay across the world.
He has performed at sold-out concerts with 'The Travelling Band' in the U.S., India, U.K. Australia, Hong Kong, Dubai and Nepal while more performances are scheduled this year.[when?] He has recently released his follow-up album, Maya.