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Prasant A Samadhar

“Prasant has been generously endowed with a voice that spells maturity, melody and magic…” These were the very words used by the legendary tabla player Ustad Zakir Hussain to describe Prasant A Samadhar.

True to this description, Prasant has now embarked on an artistic mission to take the music industry by storm.

An extremely versatile artist, Prasant has a strong foundation of Hindustani classical music. Brought up in the authentic Guru-shishya parampara, at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata, Prasant has learnt early in his life that music is the highest form of education one can ever receive in life. The academy itself boasts of a strong alumni list that reads Ustad Rashid Khan, Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty and Ustad Mashqoor Ali Khan, among others.

Prasant himself has been tutored by great maestros like Pandit Mohan Lal Mishra, Chinmay Lahiri, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar and Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi. His versatility shows when he performs a heavy raga, a romantic film song and a heavy-duty fusion number, all with equal ease.

With a rock-solid background and super talent that he has been blessed with, it is of little surprise that Prasant has not followed the regular beaten path taken by most artists who have made it to Mumbai. He has a very clear path carved for himself in the world of music.

He now is on a mission to bring classical music at the same popular stage as light music. He strongly believes that since classical music is what Hindustan is known for, we must try to popularize it more by bringing it to the youth in a form they would enjoy it in! To concretize his dream, Prasant now performs with his band “NAMAH” at various concerts to promote Classical Music. True to its name, the band makes use of traditional musical instruments like Sitar, Tabla, Mridangam, drums etc and creates world music in a brilliant amalgamation of Classical bandish, tarana, Sufi and Folk music, that would take one on a cosmic journey through the universe!