The founder-member of Fossils, Rupam was born into a musical family and his first stage performance was at age 4. He formed Fossils after his first solo album was released on from HMV. A popular author, Rupam has three best-selling books to his credit and regularly contributes columns to a range of magazines. He is one of the busiest playback singers in the Bengali film industry, with more than 70 songs to his credit. He made a foray into Bollywood, with the hit song Jannat off the 2008 movie of the same name, directed by Kunal Deshmukh.
For film music direction, Rupam works with Fossils guitarist and close friend Allan Ao as the Rupam-Allan duo. Apart from his solo albums — Tor Bhorshate (1997), re-released as Neel Rang Chhilo Bhishon Priyo in 2003 and again in 2007; Na Hanyate, released in 2010 and Nishkromon released in 2011— Rupam recorded the album RnB with bassist Mainak "Bumpy" Nag Chowdhury. A recipient of numerous awards in Bengal, Rupam won the National Award in 2009 for Best Male Playback Singer for his work in Suman Mukhopadhyay's film Mahanagar @ Kolkata.
For more information on Rupam, visit: www.rupamislam.com
Deep Guitars, Backing Vocals
An Arts graduate from ShyamaPrasad College, Deep went on to finish a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from IGNOU. Holding a degree in Fine Arts from the prestigious Sarba Bharatiya Charukala Mandir, Deep was more inclined towards the fine arts before taking up music as his full-time profession. Visual art still remains his passion.
Deep has worked with renowned photographer Neelutpal Das, in his project Bangla Band Calendar 1414, as a creative team member. Apart from that, he has also assisted in the background score for Bikramjit Gupta's short film/docudrama Laden Is Not My Friend.
Chandra Bass, Backing Vocals
An engineering graduate from Jadavpur University, a businessman running his own school and a musician by choice, Chandra started early in music. A student of the tabla, Chandra tried his hands at the guitar in 1993, under the tutelage of Amyt Datta. Before Fossils, Chandra was part of the band alt-prog Graven Image as vocalist and lead guitarist.
Allan Guitars, Backing vocals
Both his parents being artists, Allan was exposed to art, literature and music from a tender age in the hills of Nagaland. He chose music and more specifically, the guitar, as his form of expression at a much later stage of his life. After dabbling with a few bands at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, where he studied English Literature, Allan joined Fossils in 2000. He left the city for a few years to pursue a career in Information Technology, but quit his job to return to Kolkata – and to music – in 2007. He founded the alt-rock band Five Little Indians the same year; a band which played some of the biggest rock festivals in the country and also scored the music for the 2010 underground film, Gandu. Allan joined Bangla rockers Cactus in 2008, and once FLI broke up in 2011, he re-joined Fossils.
Along with Rupam, Allan is now part of the music director duo Rupam & Allan and regularly scores music for various Bengali films.
The youngest member of Fossils, Tanmoy started his musical career in a band called Renaissance and then moved on to the Bangla metal band Atmahatya. With Atmahatya, Tanmoy won several awards, including Best Drummer, at the KBL War of Rock Stars 2007.
A sports lover, Tanmoy attended many rock-climbing and trekking camps where he won numerous awards. He has represented his School, District and Bengal in Cricket and has even travelled to England to play there. An ardent reader, Tanmoy spends his spare time buried in his collection of books.