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Fusion fundas…

Of all kinds are what you can expect from Udayan. Right from his school days at St Lawrence, this 25-year-old has mixed it up with books and music, finding his way right to the top with both.

Man of metal…

Has he been since his stint with the Class of 2000 at IIT Madras, where he was studying metallurgical engineering. Now, he has just finished his second year at Cornell University where he is pursuing a Ph.D in material science. Music has stayed with ‘Gas’ as his friends know him (and not for the obvious reasons!) throughout. Started learning Hindusthani classical music from Biresh Roy, while still at school. Was spotted while green, and appeared as a kid on Doordarshan singing bhajans.

More than melody…

Is at the core of his creative pursuit. He and a senior from Cornell, Gabriel Tavaref, play western music inspired by Indian-African tunes. The dude who is at home with both the guitar and the harmonium had a gig recently at a small Café Abc in Ithaca, New York. Got his vibe going earlier at one of the top fests in the country, IIT Madras’ Sarang, where he won the semi-classical music and rangoli awards.

Spreads the skills...

As president of Cornell’s Spic Macay chapter. ‘Bapun’, as folks in the city call him, has arranged concerts featuring sitar maestro Shahid Pervez and santoor player Tarun Bhattacharya. He was also art coordinator at IIT Madras where he designed T-shirts, logos and the like.

Jamming with the jocks...

Is how this enchilada and guacamole freak relaxes, playing soccer with international students, before turning to his harmonium for some soothing Carnatic music, a love he latched on to during his IIT days. He has played soccer and hockey for IIT Madras as a mid-fielder. ‘Best soccer player’ is what they declared him at the Mandakini hostel.

Experiment some more...

Is what this versatile guy hopes to do in the future. After completing research in micro electronic fabrication, Udayan, who idolises grandfather Saradindu Ray, one of the stalwarts of the JU metallurgical department, hopes to go into corporate research or academia. He is keeping his options open about where he wants to settle, and wouldn’t mind heading back home.

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