Insta Meet : Music Composer Alokananda Dasgupta (Mumbai, India)

I was walking up the stairs of a tiny studio in Juhu in the year 2009 to hand over a demo cd to music director Amit Trivedi . Social media was not that much prominent as it is now and singers had to personally go to the studio , wait for hours to give a demo cd or meet the music director for work . A young girl standing at the end of the wooden stairs , looking down at me , quickly took the cd as I climbed up and…


Insta Meet : Musician , Composer , Producer , Audio Engineer , Haniya Aslam ( Pakistan , Canada )

My first introduction to Coke Studio was watching “Zeb and Haniya” performing “Paimona” . I was glued to my computer all night and was dazzled by these two young stunning female artists performing a beautiful melody , the language and meaning of which I never understood , regardless it kept me astonished and awake all night . Good music often leaves me speechless , so if I may quote my favourite , the famous romantic poet Keats’s final couplets from “ Ode to a Nightingale , my feelings can be aptly described as ; “Was it a vision , or…


Insta Meet : Dancer and Actor Suhaee Abro ( Karachi , Pakistan / Italy)

Suhaee Abro and I met on Facebook in quarantine , locked down inside our respective homes , herself in a town near Milan (Italy) and myself in Mumbai . Although I have not known her personally before , I have definitely watched her acting in one of the Pakistani dramas in the past. Upon connecting recently she told me how much she appreciated my music . I did a bit more research on her and looked up some of her amazing videos on Youtube and discovered…


Insta Meet w/ Armeen Musa (Dhaka , Bangladesh)

Singer , Composer , Choir Director .

My first meeting with Armeen Musa was at a Berklee workshop in Mumbai few years back . It was a rather brief meeting but Armeen’s lovely smile and enthusiastic spirit makes anyone remember her with fondness . Thanks to Mekaal Hasan Band , being the lead vocalist of the band , exposed me to many avid music lovers from around the world including some superb artists . Armeen is certainly one of such artists . She also has been very appreciative of my singing ever since i joined the band . …


A few years back a Facebook video went viral where a ninety year old woman was seen , singing a bandish in Raag Nand , teental called “Ajahu na Aaye Shyam , Bahuta Dina Beete ..” . I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the singer was none other than the amazing , Padmavati Shaligram and wondered , how she could sing with such adroitness , power and perfect pitch , at an age when people can barely walk or talk . While performing , she kept increasing the tempo politely , through her repeated hand gestures only to suggest…


My introduction to Begum Akhtar goes back to my childhood days , a scene in a particular Satyajit Ray movie , the Ganges , Varanasi , old Bengali household and a gramophone playing a mysterious yet exquisite voice. The emotional appeal stays back with you forever . To my ears , her voice wasn’t particularly sweet , as we are accustomed to hearing in classic Bollywood movies . But something extremely fascinating , a rather unusual tone , where even when the voice naturally cracked , it left a certain beauty to the rendition . …


“My name is Gauhar Jaan” , that is how Gauhar Jaan would round off her recording performances . You may be surprised to hear this spoken line at the end of her recording or feel rather funny for a moment but for curious souls like me , i had to go back , re-visit her times to know her better . …


A good web series like “The Family Man” , casts its magic spell by engulfing you into a world far away from your reality , sometimes violent , sometime romantic or may be a universe of crime and redemption , evoking various emotions within you , that you might have forgotten , ever existed in your mundane pursuit of life . Entering the very first episode and finding it gripping gives you a sense of hope , just like you feel when you have your first sip of Coca cola (or other drinks that you may like) , to look…

Sharmistha Chatterjee

Singer / Composer / Indo-Indie www.sharmisthachatterjee.com

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