Antara Mitra

Antara Mitra (born 10 July 1987) is an Indian playback singer. Mitra came to limelight when she became a contestant in the popular singing reality show Indian Idol 2 in 2006.[4] Mitra become more well-known and got recognition after the release of her duets Gerua and Janam Janam with Arijit Singh. She also received significant amount of Indian media coverage for her singing of the Dilwale songs.[3] Her Baby Jaan song from Bhaijaan Elo Re received an overwhelming response on YouTube, and created a record of becoming the fastest Bengali language video track to reach 1 million views on YouTube .

Antara Mitra
Born (1987-07-10) 10 July 1987 (age 35)[1][2]
Maslandapur, West Bengal, India
NationalityIndian
Alma materRajballavpur High School
Netaji Subhas Open University.[3]
Musical career
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2006–present

Early life and strugglesEdit

Mitra is from Maslandapur, a small town in West Bengal, near Calcutta, India.[5] Mitra grew up with music all around her: 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. Mitra started doing stage singing performances since the age of 6. Mitra was more inclined towards the singing of her aunt. Her aunt used to sing for All India Radio. She sung Bengali Folk songs during her growing up days.[3] She exhibited a keen early interest in music, and her father supported 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.[6][3]

Mitra participated in the Indian Idol season 2. Though she reached the top five but got eliminated.[7][3] 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 then 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.[7]

During her early days in a city like Mumbai, she managed to survive by consuming instant-noodles like Maggi and burger as they were cheap.[3] Mitra got widespread recognition as a singer after her duets songs Gerua and Janam Janam became hits in the year 2015, which was almost 9 years after she moved to Mumbai.[3]

Music careerEdit

Mitra sings in multiple languages: Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, and English and is active in the Bollywood film soundtrack music industry.[6]

In an interview to the Times of India in 2010, Mitra thanked and expressed her gratitude to Music Director Pritam, as he was the first one to show faith in her talent, as at that time all film songs for which she had lend her vocals were composed by Pritam. Mitra received positive reviews for her first hit song "Bheegi Bhaagi Si" a duet with Mohit Chauhan from Hindi film Rajneeti.[7]

Mitra got widespread recognition for her acclaimed duet songs Gerua, Janam Janam co-sung with Arijit Singh.[3]

Indian Idol 2 performancesEdit

AuditionEdit

  • "Dama Dam Mast Kalandar" (Runa Laila)
    • The judges liked it, however Anu Malik was a bit hesitant.

Theater roundEdit

  • "Kaisi Paheli Hai" (Parineeta)
    • Mitra was through to the piano round!

Piano roundEdit

  • "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 appearancesEdit

DiscographyEdit

Film songsEdit

Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Song Music Co-Singer(s) Note
2007 Speed "Loving You" Pritam Sonu Nigam
Jab We Met "Yeh Ishq Haye – Remix" Shreya Ghoshal
2009 Life Partner "Kuke Kuke" Shaan
"Aage Aage" Mika Singh
All the Best: Fun Begins "All The Best" Soham Chakraborty
2010 Toh Baat Pakki! "Om Jai Jagadish Hare"
Raajneeti "Bheegi Si Bhaagi Si" Mohit Chauhan
Hello Darling "Aa Jaane Jaan" Javed Jaffrey, Akriti Kakar
Action Replayy "Tera Mera Pyar" Karthik
Golmaal 3 "Ale" Neeraj Shridhar
2011 Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji "Beshuba" Kunal Ganjawala
"Yeh Dil Hai Nakhrewala (Film version)"
2012 Ajab Gazabb Love "Sun Soniye" Sajid–Wajid Mohammed Irfan
2013 R... Rajkumar "Saree Ke Fall Sa" Pritam Nakash Aziz
"Kaddu Katega"
2014 Yoddha: The Warrior "Ebar Jeno Onno Rokom Pujo" Indraadip Dasgupta Nakash Aziz Bengali Film
2015 Gangster "Eshona Monta Amar (Duet)" Jeet Gannguli Rishi Chanda
Dilwale "Gerua" Pritam Arijit Singh
"Manma Emotion Jaage" Amit Mishra, Anushka Manchanda
"Janam Janam" Arijit Singh
2016 1920 London "Gumnaam Hai Koi" JAM8 Jubin Nautiyal
"Aafreen" K.K
"Aafreen (2nd version)" Sreeram
Mental Premta Toder Nesha" Riddhi Rishi Chanda Bangladeshi film
Azhar "Itni Si Baat Hai" Pritam Arijit Singh
Dishoom "Jaaneman Aah" Aman Trikha
"Ishqa" Abhijeet Sawant
Haripad Bandwala "Shona" Indraadip Dasgupta Nakash Aziz Bengali Film
2017 Ami Je Ke Tomar "Eshe Gechi Kachakachi" Arijit Singh
Chowka "Turthinalli Geechida" Sridhar V. Sambhram Sonu Nigam Kannada Film
Munna Michael "Ding Dang" Javed-Mohsin Amit Mishra
Rangbaz "Rimjhim" Dabbu Mohammed Irfan Bengali Film
2018 Namaste England "Dhoom Dhadaka" Mannan Shaah Shahid Mallya
Villain "Shundori Komola" JAM8 Armaan Malik Bengali Film
Bhaijaan Elo Re "Baby Jaan" Dolaan Maainnakk Nakash Aziz Bangladeshi film
2019 Kalank "Aira Gaira" Pritam Javed Ali, Tushar Joshi, Akashdeep Sengupta
Jaanbaaz "Tui Je Aamar" Dev Sen Jubin Nautiyal Bengali Film
The Sky Is Pink "Dil Hi Toh Hai" Pritam Arijit Singh
Chhichhore "Fikar Not" Nakash Aziz, Sreerama Chandra, Amit Mishra, Dev Negi, Amitabh Bhattacharya
Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai "Ek Duje Ke" Akashdeep Sengupta For JAM8 Akashdeep Sengupta
2020 Love Aaj Kal "Mehrama" Pritam Darshan Raval
"Meherama (Extended Version)"
2021 Pagglait "Lamha"

(Revisited)

Arijit Singh
Magic "Mon Anmone" Dabbu Santanu Dey Sarkar Bengali Film[8]
Star Jalsha Parivaar Award "Star Jalsha Parivaar Award"(Theme Song) Indradeep Dasgupta Ishaan Mitra Bengali Award Show
2022 Brahmāstra "Kesariya (Dance Mix)" Pritam Shashwat Singh, Arijit Singh

Awards

Year Award Category Film Song Result Ref.
2010 Mirchi Music Awards Upcoming Female Vocalist of The Year Raajneeti "Bheegi Si Bhaagi Si" Nominated [9]
Zee Cine Awards Best Playback Singer – Female Nominated [10]
2021 66th Filmfare Awards Best Female Playback Singer Love Aaj Kal "Mehrama" Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Antara Mitra Biography". Hungama Digital Media Entertainment. Archived from the original on 8 May 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Antara Mitra". Sify. Archived from the original on 31 October 2007. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "The Gerua Girl antara mitra". Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Bengali girl in Idol chase". The Telegraph. 6 March 2006. Archived from the original on 5 June 2010. Retrieved 13 May 2010.
  5. ^ Halim, Moeena (13 January 2016). "Soft, sultry and soulful". India Today. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  6. ^ a b Singh, Deepali (2 December 2015). "The Gerua Girl: Antara Mitra". DNA India. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "How Antara Mitra went from Indian Idol to Rajneeti". The Times of India. 13 June 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Magic – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Jiosaavn. 21 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Nominees – Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2010". 30 January 2011. Archived from the original on 30 January 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  10. ^ "'Dabangg' bags maximum nominations for Zee Cine Awards 2011". Zee News. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2020.

External linksEdit

Indian Idol 2
Sandeep Acharya | N. C. Karunya | Anuj Sharma | Amey Date | Antara Mitra | Meenal Jain

Ravi Tripathi | Panna Gill | Monali Thakur | Neha Kakkar | Yashashree Bhave | Sagar Sawarkar