Indie music is the future of Bollywood, says singer-songwriter Sanjeeta Bhattacharya


MUMBAI: Sanjeeta Bhattacharya, 27, wears many hats. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, she finds the right fit as a singer-songwriter, music composer, and actress. Sanjeeta’s new single – “Udd Chalein” will remind you that India’s indie artists are nothing short of K-pop sensations like Korea’s BTS. Sanjeeta is known for her powerful voice and it is evident in her other singles like – Khoya Sa, Red and Everything’s Fine. Also, if you listened to him, you would know that most of his songs are self-reflective.

Sanjeeta, born to Bengali parents, has performed at prestigious national and international music festivals. Sanjeeta has participated in music festivals like Hornbill Festival, Panama Jazz Fest and NH7 Weekender. She sang alongside Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and maestro AR Rahman.

Sanjeeta is extremely optimistic about the current scenario for independent music in India. “While there is still a long way to go before more independent artists find a solid base and an audience among the masses, there is certainly a new wave of filmmakers interested in exploring new music, which elevates the indie music scene. Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy and his next adventure The Archies and even Shakun Batra’s Gehraiyaan feature beautiful indie artists in their soundtracks. In fact, a lot of OTT shows and movies also feature indie music artists I can’t wait for this to become the norm,” says Sanjeeta, whose father Sankay Bhattacharya is a famous painter.

Trained in Hindustani classical music, Sanjeeta explains how Indian classical music helped solidify her foundations.

In 2015, Sanjeeta had a dream come true when she honored Maestro AR Rahman at Berklee College of India. In fact, AR Rahman received an honorary doctorate from the college of music during this event.

Sanjeeta, who wrote her first song while in class X, is a fan of international musicians such as Jacob Collier, Lizzy McAlpine and John Mayer. In India, her heart beats faster when she listens to AR Rahman, Sid Sriram and Shashaa Tirupati to name a few.

Today, Sanjeeta is also a gifted actor. She worked as a lead lead in “Feels Like Ishq” opposite Saba Azad. She is currently working on two projects, one with Sonali Bendre and the other with Nawazuddin Siddiqui. In June, Sanjeeta will be busy visiting India for music concerts.


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