Born in 1972, Sunayana Sarkar grew up in the tea gardens of Assam and Darjeeling because of her father’s transferable job as a Tea Researcher. Her initial schooling was done at Carmel School, Jorhat, Assam, after which she migrated to La Martiniere for Girls, Kolkata from where she completed her 10 plus 2 years. She joined IIT Bombay for a PhD in Structural Geology and Geotectonics in the year 2000 after finishing her BSc and MSc in Geology from the University of Calcutta. Her interest in Earth Sciences grew from the close bond with Nature that was generated from childhood. She joined Sardar Patel College of Engineering after her PhD in 2005 and is presently working as faculty at the Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management and Engineering of the NMIMS University, where apart from her teaching load, she is also engaged in Depart of Science and Technology sponsored research in Earthquake Study in the North East of India.
Singing was in her genes. Her mother is trained in Hindustani Classical music. Growing up in the Northeast of India meant a strong influence of the Western genres of music. Her musical interests thus had a holistic development with the mixed influences and she chose to sing Bangla folk and Blues Rock. As a singer/songwriter/composer, she has had several releases of singles. She regularly performs live with her band Melange. She is not trained at all, musically but believes that listening can be the greatest training possible when it comes to music.
Mumbai being a city of opportunities, she was exposed to Jingles in the advertising industry by her friend Mona Shetty. This led to stage singing/acting in a Rahul D’Cunha production of Andrew Llyod Webber’s musical Jesus Christ Superstar.
She has been supervising song recordings (into Hindi) in Television content as well as Hollywood releases of Walt Disney and Twentieth Century Fox, for the past 19 years. With over 3500+ songs that she has lent her voice to in those projects, she truly believes that this has been her real training in music.
She has avid interest in reading, writing (prose and poetry), culinary history, and travelling. She lives in Mumbai with her 15 year old son Sunandan, who incidentally, is training to become a part time drummer and rhythm guitarist of her band.