More About Albums of CACTUS

CACTUS (1999)

The first self-titled album, released in 1999 from Saregama HMV, became a rage with a touch of blues and psychedelic rock. With numbers like Brishti, Icchamati and Oooh! ma this album portrayed psychedelia in Bengali music for the first time. Halud pakhi, on the other hand created a long lasting sensation in the contemporary Bengali music scene with its nostalgic feel being perfectly accompanied by Shudhu Tumi Ele Na and Amra Bhishon Eka complimenting the overall mood of the album. They tasted some success when their first self-titled album was released in 1999 by HMV.

Line up – Sidhartha Sankar “Sidhu” Ray [vocals], Sibaji “Baji” Paul [drums], Sanjay [guitar], Kanishka (Pinky) [keyboard], Shubayan [bass], Rajesh [vocal]


Nil Nirjane (2002)

In 2002, Cactus composed and performed the score for the Bengali movie Nil Nirjane. The song “Mon” from the soundtrack became extremely popular and is still a crowd favourite. A Hindi version of the song was used as the intro song for Love Story, a TV series in SAB TV.

Line up – Sidhartha Sankar “Sidhu” Ray [vocals], Sibaji “Baji” Paul [drums], Sanjay [guitar], Kanishka (Pinky) [keyboard], Shubayan [bass], Abhijit Barman(Pota) [vocal]


Rajar Raja (2004)

The band released its second album titled ‘Rajar Raja’ in 2004. The band with this album moved ahead and incorporated new sounds. Different genres of music were experimented within the album. Buddho Heshechhen and Lash Kata Ghore being examples of classic rock, flirting with folk rock in Bodhu re while Rajar Raja portrays influences from funk rock. Though this album had new sounds, the nostalgic quotient was very much there with songs like Udaaner Gaan, Krishti, Ude Jete Chay and Kamalar Swami representing blues and the psychedelic facet of the band sound.

Line up – Sidhartha Sankar “Sidhu” Ray [vocals], Sibaji “Baji” Paul [drums], Sanjay [guitar], Kanishka (Pinky) [keyboard], Sandip Roy [bass], Abhijit Barman(Pota) [vocal]


Tuchho (2008)

The band released its third album, Tuccho, in 2008. The band with this album moved ahead and has incorporated new sounds. Different genres of music were being experimented with in the album. Traces of hard rock was clearly visible. They were then featured in the Rock Street Journal’s February 2009 issue. Tuccho contained the hits “Bhalo Theko” and “Rater Pari”.

Line up – Sidhartha Sankar “Sidhu” Ray [vocals], Sibaji “Baji” Paul [drums], Allan Ao [guitar], Sudipto Banrejee [keyboard], Sandip Roy [bass], Sayak [vocal]


Blah Blah Blah (2013)

This is their forth album.This is a very experimental album for them. Asha Audio produced the album and it was published on 3rd of October 2013. This album got the “Best Bengali Band Album Award” in Zee Bangla Gaurab Samman 2013-14.

Line up – Sidhartha Sankar “Sidhu” Ray [vocals], Sibaji “Baji” Paul [drums], Ritaprabha “Ratul” Ray [guitar], Sudipto Banrejee [keyboard], Sandip Roy [bass], Dibyendu Mukherjee [vocal]

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