Shantanu Moitra

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Shantanu Moitra
Shantunu moitra.jpg
Born (1968-01-22) 22 January 1968 (age 50)[1]
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Occupation composer, film score composer
Years active 1995–present
Website Official website

Shantanu Moitra (born 22 January 1968) is an Indian music director who has composed music for the Hindi film industry, and is most known for his score in films Parineeta (2005), Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi (2005), Lage Raho Munnabhai (2006) and 3 Idiots (2009), and private albums, Mann ke Manjeere and Ab ke Saawan sung by Shubha Mudgal. In 2014, he received the National Film Award for Best Music Direction (Background Score) for Na Bangaaru Talli.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Shantanu was born in Lucknow, where his father came from a Bengali musical family. He was very young when he moved to Delhi with his family, where initially he lived in Patel Nagar in West Delhi, and studied at Springdales School, Pusa Road, where he was the leader and singer of the band, and in 1982, the band created history of sorts by hosting the school's first rock show. "What was even better was receiving an award in school for my contribution to music at a time when my school, Springdales in Delhi, didn't usually give awards for music. When I look back now, I think the award instilled huge confidence in me," he said.[3]

Meanwhile, they also received musical training, from urban-folk singer, Sushmit Bose, a Springdales alumnus, who would occasionally drop in and teach them. Later he moved to Chittaranjan Park in South Delhi.[4][5]

He studied at Deshbandhu College, Kalkaji, Delhi University and has a degree in Economics.[1][6]


Moitra started his career as a client servicing executive at an ad agency, while music remained a hobby. He started composing music for advertising jingles accidentally, when he was asked to compose a jingle at the last minute by Pradeep Sarkar, then the Creative Head of the agency, the jingle was "Bole mere lips. I love Uncle Chipps" for the chips brand named Uncle Chipps, which became an instant hit, and he later composed several jingles for Pradeep Sarkar, and several advertising brands.[6][7]

This led to composing music for Indipop albums that were hits including Ab ke Saawan, Mann ke Manjeere: an album of women's dreams for Breakthrough, and Sapna Dekha Hai Maine (2003) for Shubha Mudgal.

Moitra shifted to Mumbai in 2002, when he started working for Sudhir Mishra's Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, his first signed film,[8] and soon formed team with lyricist Swanand Kirkire, starting with the song, "Bawara Mann..". Even before Parineeta was made, he had created a song called Raath Hamari To, sung by Chitra, which Vidhu Vinod Chopra the producer of Parineeta heard, and subsequently on his recommendation, he went on do his first Bollywood project- Parineeta (2005) directed by Pradeep Sarkar.[9][10][11]

Moitra gained recognition with his music in Parineeta (2005). His music was critically acclaimed and he received a nomination for the Filmfare Best Music Director Award. That same year he won the Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent. In 2009, he composed score for his first Bengali film, Antaheen.[12]

He is also a judge for the last 2 seasons of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Bengali-a regional spinoff of the show-Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.

He also wrote a book name "Ferari Mon" - Memories by Santanu Moitra in Bengali, published by Sudhangshu Sekhar Dey, Dey's Publishing.


As a music director[edit]

Year Film Other Notes
2002 Pyaar Ki Dhun
2005 Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi
Parineeta Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent
7½ Phere
Kal: Yesterday and Tomorrow
2006 Lage Raho Munna Bhai
2007 Khoya Khoya Chand
Eklavya: The Royal Guard
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
2008 Welcome to Sajjanpur
2009 Antaheen Bengali film
Phir Kabhi
3 Idiots
2010 Well Done Abba
Raajneeti One song, "Ishq Barse"
2012 Coke Studio 2 Season 2 Episodes 7
Krishna Aur Kans
Paanch Adhyay Bengali Film
Aparajita Tumi Bengali Film
2013 Inkaar
Madras Cafe
A Little Lost
Ente Malayalam Film
Naa Bangaaru Talli Telugu Film
2014 Buno Haansh Bengali Film
Bobby Jasoos Hindi film
Mardaani Hindi film
PK Hindi film
2016 Wazir Hindi film
Pink Hindi film
Gulzar in conversation with Tagore Hindi music album
2018 October Hindi film
Sanju Hindi film

As a playback singer[edit]

Year Film Song Name Composer Notes
2009 3 Idiots Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh Shantanu Moitra
2013 Inkaar Maula Tu Malik Hai Shantanu Moitra

As a background score composer[edit]

Year Film Other Notes
2009 3 Idiots With Sanjay Wanderkar & Atul Raninga
Won IIFA Award for Best Background Score
2013 Ente Malayalam Film
Na Bangaaru Talli Won National Film Award for Best Music Direction (Best Background Score)
2018 October TBR


National Film Awards
Filmfare Awards


National Film Award Winner Shantanu Moitra Travels down Memory Lanes of CR Park

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