The Duo: Madhumita & Samir

About Madhumita

Madhumita Chatterjee, is an extra-ordinary musical talent and a sought after performer in USA. She started learning music first from her mother at the tender age of six. Then she learnt RabindraSangeet from Rabitirtha Music School in Calcutta, India under the legendary Smt. Suchitra Mitra. Madhumita holds the unique distinction of having stood first for all thirteen years of training and received the Gold Medal from Rabitirtha which was given to her by Hemant Kumar. She then obtained training in Indian Classical music and went on to receive her Sangeet Prabhakar from Allahabad where she stood second. Madhumita moved to the US in 1989 and started her career in music teaching and live performances. Prior to that, she was a regular performer in All India radio and Calcutta television. She recorded her first album "Ore Mor Shishu Bholanath" as a child artist in 1979 which was released by H.M.V.

Madhumita has a vast range of expertise and repertoire. She presents Hindi Bollywood hits, ghazals, semi-classical and Bengali modern songs with equal dexterity. From foot tapping numbers to great ghazals, Madhumita enthralls audiences worldwide. In 2003, she released a Modern Bengali Album "Emotional Eyes" published by Beethoven Records of Kolkata. In 2007, her first RabindraSangeet Album "E Pothe Ami Je" was launched in Kolkata by Cozmik Harmony. The title song is on YouTube Music Video with over 85,316 views. She has also recently released her first Hindi Album titled "From my Heart" which is a tribute to the great Indian legends Lata, Asha and Kishore. In 2009 she completed playback for a commercial Bengali film (Jokhon Eschechilam) and in 2010 has done playback for a Hollywood crossover film titled “Adios Mi Amigos”. She also opened AnandaUtsav 2010 in Pasadena sharing the stage with Sharmila Tagore and Soha Ali Khan on a program titled Rabi-O-Radha. She was a featured artist at BMANA (Bangladesh Medical Association) in 2012. She also has been collaborating with Bollywood music directors such as legendary Bappi Lahiri, and Santanu Moitra (Parineeta and 3 Idiots fame). In 2010 she coproduced with Grammy-nominated producer Alexander Adhami (composer also for Cirque du Soleil) a world music track. The song “Hasana Hi” is available on iTunes and YouTube. In 2014, she along with her husband appeared on the popular TV show “Aaj shokaler amontrone” on Tara Music channel in Kolkata. In 2015 she released her first International Ghazal Album “Teri Khusboo” with co-singer Shuvodeep which has become a collector’s item. In December 2016 she recorded 2 duets with Bollywood Melody King Kumar Sanu and the album is being mixed in Mumbai currently. Today she teaches music full time from her home based music school in Rancho Cucamonga and gives concerts all over California and USA.

About Samir

Samir’s becoming a musician was purely accidental. A cousin brother of his had bought a Hobner guitar in Calcutta as he was just beginning to learn. Samir fiddled with the guitar and was fascinated by its strings and the sounds. He also enrolled under the same tutor. Their teacher was SwapanChatterjee of Bani Chakra Music School.

His first public performance was in front of 100,000 people at Netaji Indoor Stadium where he played on the opening ceremony of the Asian Table Tennis Championship. Soon after that, his teacher Swapanda started to introduce him to big musicians in Calcutta and he started to play and record at the All India Radio, Calcutta TV and several recording studios.

One day he was playing bass guitar at the Soundwing studios when great composer Hemant Kumar entered the floor. The recording engineer Laltuda (musician with SalilChowdhury) whispered in his ears ‘Watch this young talent’. He became more nervous and his hands were sweating. But it was quite an honor to perform in front of a legend. Later, he went on to record many songs composed by Hemant Kumar.

Samir also played for RunaLaila, HoimontiShukla and Bani Thakur. After enrolling at Jadavpur University for engineering, he quickly formed his first western band called ‘Eclipse’. At this time, he started learning western music from Mr. TutulGanguly. The band performed different kinds of songs from Elvis to Pink Floyd. Samir played the lead guitar of the famous Wall song at Sanskriti festival at Jadavpur University receiving huge applause.It was quite an experience.

Since then he has worked with several famous Indian and American musicians. While being a graduate student in Florida, Samir was honored to accompany live on stage Ghazal BadshahJagjit Singh. It was quite a moment. This was in 1991 at an Orlando concert. He composed a private album titled "Emotional Eyes" in which he worked closely with UstadAashish Khan (son of legend Ali Akbar Khan Sahib). In the US he worked with Joey Sommerville (band musician with Prince), Marty Cheyka and Jeff Jusial (back up for Steely Dan). In 2006 he composed and recorded the first ever bengalimuscial called Sinbad which was staged in Los Angeles. These days, Samir is busy recording in his home studio and composing songs for his wife Madhumita and the local Los Angeles community in Southern California.

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