Multi-Instrumentalist Kabir Was Born In Cuttack

Multi-Instrumentalist Kabir Was Born In Cuttack

The Bengali singer still bubbles with the enthusiasm of a 16-year-old. Just that in love, he no longer looks for a destination. It’s not important for a woman to cook for him, make his bed, but he can die hearing his beloved whisper, Suman, kabir suman.

Kabir Suman is an Indian singer, songwriter, musician, music director, poet, novelist, polyglot, journalist, political activist, TV presenter, and occasional actor. From May 2009 to 2014, he was a member of parliament of India in the 15th Lok Sabha, having been elected from the Jadavpur constituency in Kolkata.

He changed his name from Suman Chattopadhay to Kabir Suman when he converted to Islam as a mark of protest against the killing of christian missionary Graham Staines by Hindu fundamentalist group Bajrang Dal.

He shot to fame in the 1990s with albums such as Tomake Chai (I Want You) and Boshe Anko (Sit-and-Draw).


Birth name Suman Chattopadhyay
Born 16 March 1949 (age 68)[1]
CuttackOdisha, India
Origin KolkataWest Bengal, India
Genres Bengali Modern, Rabindra Sangeet, Bengali Khayal
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter, journalist, writer, actor, politician
Instruments Vocalsguitarelectronic keyboardpianoHarmonicaMelodica


He is the first singer of Bengali music industry who is a multi-instrumentalist. He plays the pianoguitarharmonica and the melodica in his live concerts.  He is the first Indian musician who has recorded a complete album, where a solo artist has written, composed, sung, recorded, mixed and mastered all the songs.

The majority of his concerts are entirely solo.