|Birth name||Antara Mitra|
10 July 1987 |
Maslandapur, West Bengal, India
|Genres||Filmi, Hindustani classical|
Antara Mitra (Bengali: অন্তরা মিত্র; born 10 July 1987) is a vocalist and Bollywood playback singer from West Bengal, India. Mitra was a contestant in Sony Entertainment Television's reality show Indian Idol 2 in 2006.
Mitra is from Maslandapur, a small town in West Bengal, near Calcutta, India. She exhibited a keen early interest in music, and her father inspired her. She was accepted as a contestant at age 18 on a national TV show and competed admirably as a finalist in both that show and a successive similar show Junoon.
At one time she considered studying medicine, but abandoned the idea in favour of pursuing a professional singing career.
Mitra literally grew up with music: her father is a music teacher. Since the age of three, Mitra would sing along with other children who came to her home to learn from her father.
When Mitra was eliminated from the contest, well-known music director Anu Malik offered her playback singing work, but Mitra returned to her home town and soon afterward (April 2006) she relocated to Mumbai to pursue a vocal-performance-for-film soundtrack career.
She also participated as part of the Bollywood team of vocalist contestants in another popular Indian TV reality show, Junoon - Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka, where again she was not the winner, however she considers both shows learning and career-development experiences, and expressed gratitude to the TV audience, producers and judges of both contests for allowing her opportunities to perform for the broadcast audience and judges while competing.
Indian Idol 2 performances
- "Dama Dam Mast Kalandar" (Runa Laila)
- The judges liked it, however Anu Malik was a bit hesitant.
- "Kaisi Paheli Hai" (Parineeta)
- Mitra was through to the piano round!
- "Hume To Loot Liya Milke Husn Waalon Ne" (Private album) – Most votes
- Mitra received good comments, especially from Anu, "I think I have found my playback singer," and made it through to the finals with the most votes.
Recordings and appearances
- Woh Pehli Baar album – sang a group number and solo "Tu Rutha To".
- TV appearances have included specials (and soap operas) including Navarati, Thodi Khushi Thode Gham, Music Masti Dhoom, Kyunki, Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil, Kitani Mohabbat Hai, K for Kishore and auditioning contestants in Bhopal for Indian Idol 3.
- Was a contestant on Adnan's Bol Baby Bol show (won 200,000 for reciting famous song lyrics).
- Joined Nauman and Salman in Koi Aane Ko Hai, another Ekta Kapoor soap opera (broadcast on Colors).
- Was a semi-finalist (as a member of the Bollywood contingent) on Junoon – Kuchh Kar Dikhaane Ka singing contest (reality show on NDTV Imagine).
- Was a contestant who reached the final four in IPL Rockstar contest (reality show on Colors).
- Recorded songs in Bengali (Doshomi), Haryanvi (Tera Mera Vaada), etc.
|Year||Song title||Co-Singer||Film||Music Director|
|2007||"Loving You"||Sonu Nigam||Speed||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2007||"Yeh Ishq Haye - Remix"||Shreya Ghoshal||Jab We Met||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2009||"Kuke Kuke"||Shaan||Life Partner||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2009||"Aage Aage"||Mika Singh||Life Partner||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2009||"All The Best"||Soham Chakraborty||All the Best: Fun Begins||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2010||"Om Jai Jagadish Hare"||Solo||Toh Baat Pakki!||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2010||"Bheegi Si Bhaagi Si"||Mohit Chauhan||Raajneeti||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2010||"Aa Jaane Jaan"||Javed Jaffrey||Hello Darling||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2010||"Tera Mera Pyar"||Karthik||Action Replay||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2010||"Ale"||Neeraj Shridhar||Golmaal 3||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2011||"Beshuba"||Kunal Ganjawala||Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2011||"Yeh Dil Hai Nakhrewala – Filmy version"||Solo||Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2012||"Sun Soniye"||Mohammed Irfan||Ajab Gazabb Love||Sajid–Wajid|
|2013||"Saree Ke Fall Sa"||Nakash Aziz||R... Rajkumar||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2013||"Kaddu Katega"||Solo||R... Rajkumar||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2015||"Eshona Monta Amar" – (duet)||Rishi Chanda||Gangster||Jeet Ganguly|
|2015||"Gerua"||Arijit Singh||Dilwale||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2015||"Manma Emotion Jaage"||Anushka Manchanda||Dilwale||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2015||"Janam Janam" (Duet)||Arijit Singh||Dilwale||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2016||"Gumnaam Hai Koi" (Duet)||Jubin Nautiyal||1920 London||Kaushik|
|2016||"Aafreen" (Duet)||K.K||1920 London||Kaushik|
|2016||"Itni Si Baat Hai"||Arijit Singh||Azhar||Pritam Chakraborty|
|2016||"Jaaneman Aah"||Aman Trikha||Dishoom||Pritam Chakraborty|
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