Ujjwal Kumar

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Background information
Born (1992-12-14) December 14, 1992 (age 29)
Muzaffarpur
OriginDelhi, India
GenresRock music synth-pop
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • Designer
InstrumentsGhatam
Years active2003–present
Websiteujjwallive.com

Ujjwal Kumar (born 14 December 1992) is an Indian percussionist and designer from Delhi, India. He is a self taught Ghatam artist and is known for his unique "Ghatam mixes"

Early life

Ujjwal Kumar was born in Muzaffarpur, in the Indian State of Bihar and spent his childhood with his grandparents. Ujjwal's talent was identified by his music teacher in the school in Muzaffarpur who spotted him tapping his fingers on common surfaces like tables and doors to produce beats. His teacher then taught him to play the Pump organ, Maraca, and the Conga.

Ujjwal moved to Delhi to live with his mother when he was 11. Ujjwal's mother had a dream of watching him play the Tabla on the stage while wearing a traditional Indian Kurta.[1]. As a result, Ujjwal started learning the Tabla formally from a tutor and continued for 4 years. In this period he also learnt the guitar and the Keyboard instrument. In the quest to impress a girl who liked drummers, Ujjwal sold his personal computer to purchase a drum kit. For the next few years, he taught himself to play drums by watching YouTube tutorials in the public Internet café[1]. To avoid complaints about the drumming from the residents in his housing complex, he rented a basement to practice. In order to pay the rent of this place and hone his talent, he launched a music school and taught 150 students as an 18 year old school student.

Ujjwal holds a Diploma in Design Process from National Institute of Fashion Technology.

Career

Since 2019 Ujjwal Kumar has been performing in concerts, shows, college festivals, gatherings and social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube. He is acclaimed for creating "Ghatam Mixes" with popular songs that frequently cross a million views[2]. He is known for blending the sound of the ghatam and the handpan together for creating trance music. Along with the ghatam and handpan, Ujjwal also plays other instruments such as Cajón, djembe, udu, Bongo drum, Goblet drum, daf, Tambourine, Synthesizer, piano, guitar, ukulele, sitar, Recorder (musical instrument), Harmonica, and flute[3].

"Sounds of India" is a series of concerts conceptualized by Ujjwal to bring modern music through classical musical instruments to the community. Through the medium of popular and modern tunes, the concert aims to create a confluence of ancient history and modern culture.[4]

Ujjwal works full time as a Product Designer[5].

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kumar, Ujjwal, Falling in love with yourself, retrieved 2021-08-07
  2. "Ujjwal Kumar (@ujjwallive) • Instagram photos and videos". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 2021-08-18.
  3. "Ghatam player Ujjwal Kumar has big plans for the humble 'desi' musical instrument!". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2021-08-06.
  4. "Sounds of India Concert (Mandi House)". insider.in. Retrieved 2021-08-18.
  5. "Ujjwal Kumar - LinkedIn".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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