Anirban Chakraborty

Founder, Rock Street Journal

Anirban Chakraborty discovered the Rock Street Journal in 1993 with the first RSJ newsletter. The magazine was instrumental in his subsequent journey as a musician – right from introducing him to the indie-circuit, to helping him discover great talent around him (he met the guitar player for his band, Orange Street, through RSJ!) – to eventually being featured as part of RSJ’s ground-breaking Great Indian Rock (GIR) compilation album series and playing at the GIR concerts for seven straight years.
RSJ also released Orange Street’s debut album, Drive Carefully For Our Shake, in 2000, and the band was selected through the GIR 2002 concerts for a tour through Europe – playing at major festivals like Peace And Love in Sweden, Slottsfjell in Norway, the Nottingham Music Festival in the UK and Sundance in Estonia.
Since then, Anirban has made a career for himself in the music business – as Producer/Composer of advertising films for over a decade, with successful campaigns like “Tata Tea- Jaago Re” and getting nominated on Mirchi Awards for the song “Mar Jayian” in the feature film “Vicky Donor” and further getting mentioned by Bollywood heavyweights for his songs on the feature film NH10.
However, his passion for indie-music has always remained a close part of his life, and his association with RSJ now extends beyond being a fan, musician or loyalist – as he finds himself in the driver’s seat. He is committed to the same ideas that made RSJ an important part of his life – that of discovering new talent, and helping to nurture and support the independent music scene. His vision for the new chapter of RSJ has already launched two new live music touring properties called “TINY BIG SCENE” (August 2017) and “SYNTHESIZE” (October 2017) and a multi-genre festival called “RSJ MASSIVE” which was recently launched in Shillong on March 17, 2018.