Debojyoti Mishra

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Debojyoti Mishra
Native name দেবজ্যোতি মিশ্র
Born Calcutta, India
Genres Film score, Music, Bengali Music, Indian Music, World Music
Occupation(s) Composer, Painter, Lyricist, Poet
Instruments Violin, Piano, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Sarod
Years active 1998-present
Website www.debojyotimishra.com

Debojyoti Mishra born 1960 in Calcutta, is an Indian film composer.[1] He became popular with his minimalist classical compositions for the Hindi film Raincoat, directed by Rituparno Ghosh.[2] His work on films like Chokher Bali, Bariwali, Arekti premer golpo, Memories in March was acclaimed.[by whom?] He also worked on Bengali films, Chaturanga and Sesher Kobita, directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay.[3] The songs he composed for the Bengali film Autograph starring Prasenjit Chatterjee, Nandana Sen and Indraneil Sengupta, gained immense popularity. All the songs of this film created a new vibration in Bengali film music. His composition for Titli was immensely praised as well which includes the famous song "Megh Pioner Bager Vitor" sung by Srikanto. He has also composed music for the Malayalam film Calcutta News, which was set in Kolkata.

Mishra has expressed his talent through painting also. He is a self-taught artist and exhibited his first solo show in December 2012 in ICCR Kolkata by one of youngest art curator of India, Jyotirmoy Bhttacharya. The composer was inspired to become a painter by the Indian painter Jogen Chowdhury. The show was very successful and his mastery of color contrast, ideas of composition and musical touch to the canvas was highly appreciated by master artists of India as well as art critics and media.[who?] Debojyoti Mishra's first solo violin album “Tagore on Strings” was launched in 2015.

Early years and Career[edit]

Born in a musical family where his father Jahnabi Ranjan Mishra, who was a disciple of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan and Shishir Konya Dhar Choudhary, tutored him and introduced him to violin. He has an elder brother Debashis who also played violin but not taken as a profession. Debojyoti brought up at K.M. Naskar Road, Tollygunge. He completed his schooling from Sir Nripendra Nath Institution. Began his musical journey at the tender age of 3 under the tutelage of his father, he grew up surrounded by music, blessed by contact with many great musicians from a very early age. Shortly after completing his training in Western classical music under Professor Joseph Naskar and renowned musician and composer Stanley Gomes, he started training under Indian music maestros, Late K.C Bandopadhyay and Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, exponents of Indian classical music. Thus, with time he assimilated & absorbed the various elements of both Eastern & Western style of classical music.

The composer stint with nationally acclaimed music composer and director, Salil Chowdhury. He was fortunate to start his career as chief assistant to legendary music composer Salil Chawdhury for long 14 years. He was chief assistant to Illyaraja, a renowned music director from South India, during the period of 1988-89. He was very closed to Gautam Chattopadhyay, founder of Mahiner Ghoraguli band. He was solo violinist for the great filmmaker, Satyajit Ray, in noted films like Pikoo, Ghare Baire, Ganashatru & Goopy Bagha Phire Elo.

Debojyoti was music composer for several award-winning films for Nationally and Internationally acclaimed Directors like Mrinal Sen, Govind Nihalani, Rituparno Ghosh, Florian Gallenberger, Aparna Sen, Amal Palekar, Bhabna Talwar and many others.

He has composed more than 500 ad jingles which includes Berger Paints, Asian Paint, India Today, Haier Plasma and many others. He also scored signature tunes for many television channels including Tara Bangla, Akash Bangla, Sangeet Bangla and many other channels. Many of his songs became very popular in Bengal for his accurate controlled use of instruments and voice. [4] He will be composing for Shakira in a British production being directed by Enamul Karim.[5]

Last year, in the opening ceremony of 35th NABC at Houston, Texas, the composer presented "Ganner Golpo" which was breathtaking and spectacular. In May, 2016 he presented the musical theatre with more than 100 participants in Alberta Bangla Festival at Calgary, Canada. Recently, he is working on an Bengali opera for Bangladesh. He is also working with the British film director, Ruhul Amin on a film called Hason Raja with Mithun Chakraborty in the lead role.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hindu News Update Service". Hindu.com. 2007-11-27. Archived from the original on 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Raincoat is wistfully pure - Rediff.com movies". Inhome.rediff.com. 2004-11-03. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  3. ^ "Chaturanga - The Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  4. ^ "Interview: Debojyoti Mishra - Composer and Acclaimed Tollywood Bengali Film Music Director | à¦"à§&#x;াশিংà¦&#x;ন বাংলা রেডিà¦" Washington Bangla Radio USA". Washingtonbanglaradio.com. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  5. ^ "Our hips don't lie - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-03-02.