There’s more to Nikhil Dasgupta ’16 than blazers, khaki pants and barber shop tunes. A member of Bowdoin’s oldest a cappella group, the Meddiebempsters, Dasgupta has recently released an extended play (EP) recording.
“It might be a little precocious to call it that,” said Dasgupta.
Instead, he called the recording “more [of] just a collection of thoughts over the past years, so it’s not like anything specific. It’s more like what’s been going on in my head.”
This summer Dasgupta and his roommate Zach Albert ’16 decided to get into the studio together and record an alternative folk EP, which they plan to share with people who are interested in their music. Albert played the drums and Dasgupta played all the other instruments for the recordings.
The Circus, Dasgupta’s band at Bowdoin, mostly covers other bands, but also writes and performs some of its own original songs.  The band consists of Dasgupta and Albert, as well as juniors Harry Rube, Chris MacDonald, Simon Moushabeck, and Shan Nagar.
It all started two years ago with a group of friends who lived in same first-year dorm. 
“We got together and started playing,” said Dasgupta.
The band likes “doing [its] own interpretation of songs…like old rock [and] songs that are upbeat and would work at a party,” said Dasgupta.
Dasgupta has lived in many different places and went to high school at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India, but now calls Dover, Mass. his home.
Currently a mathematics major, he plays guitar and has played piano since age eight.
He decided to continue his musical journey all the way into college, and auditioned for the Meddiebempsters as a first year. 
Dasgupta said he likes the different approach the Meddiebempsters take to collegiate a cappella, which tends to be very pop-oriented. The Meddiebempsters instead incorporate old-fashioned barbershop arrangements, and Dasgupta said he enjoys getting to take a break from the music he hears elsewhere every day.
His participation in the Meddiebempsters has defined his Bowdoin experience. All of his closest friends are from the Meddies, and Dasgupta finds it “musically very fulfilling as well.”
In the future, Dasgupta hopes to continue with music by working as a sound engineer or by working for a record label.
“I always wanted to go somewhere with it, [but] that probably doesn’t mean playing in a band on stage,” he said.
Dasgupta said he loves the feeling he gets when performing on stage with his band.
“It’s easy to feed off the audience getting really excited,” he said.
“Some of the most fun I’ve had at Bowdoin has been on stage.”
 Dasgupta says that performing with the Meddiebempsters is different because of the dynamic of the large group. 
“We are all sort of supporting each other in a sense,” he said.
“It’s like we are just hanging out and making jokes with ourselves and singing.”
Although Dasgupta’s schedule can be hectic—with mathematics and computer science courses taking up much of his time—he enjoys keeping busy.
“It’s dangerous for me to not have something to do,” he said.