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A Musical Stairway to Nirvana

A Musical Stairway to Nirvana

Man listention to the ablum "Stairway to Nirvana" by Samir Bodhi on his phone

These are the difficult times. So we have this story for you which talk about attaining Nirvana momentarily by listening to the blissful music of Samir Chatterjee in his debut musical album.

‘Nirvana’ the word reminds us of the prolonged meditation to attain the final goal of life. But what if you are told that you can experience it momentarily right now? Perhaps you will give it a laugh. But it is true. All thanks to Samir Chatterjee who created ‘Stairway to Nirvana’ his debut music album.

The album cover of "Stairway to Nirvana"
The album cover of “Stairway to Nirvana”

Samir is a scientist and a noted musician, residing in Southern California for several decades. He is a musical visionary and tenured professor. His multi-faceted life and career reflects the classic immigrant experience of thriving in the pursuit of his creative and academic dreams.

It is surly a bliss to hear this debut album of Samir ‘Stairway To Nirvana’ under his new artist name Samir Bodhi. He believes in giving the world beautiful music that brings serenity and enlightenment to people of all cultures.  This album definitely serves as a healing agent for people during this challenging time in world history.

Samir Chatterjee applied his virtuosic talents as a guitarist, composer, producer and recording engineer to a multitude of projects involving legendary Indian musicians – including several for his wife, Madhumita Chatterjee, a noted Bollywood singer.

Samir with his wife Madhumita Chatterjee
Samir with his wife Madhumita Chatterjee

It was his sorrows and concerns for his adopted home country which inspired Samir to reach out to a cadre of top India based musicians and collaborators to realize his vision for ‘Stairway To Nirvana’.

The music is a fusion of Eastern (Indian) classical music and instruments with modern Western music. Bodhi and his ensemble created a melodically, rhythmically and harmonically transcendent album which offers a musical roadmap to peace in these difficult times.

The title and vibe of each track of ‘Stairway to Nirvana’ reflects that the world needs to work through these troubled times and achieve an enduring sense of Nirvana.

Samir Chatterjee working on his compositions
Samir Chatterjee working on his music

“Tranquility” flows like a lush, sensually swaying film score, artfully blending symphonic synth strings, a lead guitar melody, flute and subtle tabla textures.

“OM” is based on the universally recognized breathing chant and sacred sound and spiritual symbol in Indian religions that signifies the essence of ultimate reality and consciousness.

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The soulful, atmospheric ballad “Harmony” embodies its lofty concept via a fusion of a languid and haunting electric guitar melody, synth washes, hypnotic percussion claps and colorful, jazzy guitar and piano solos. Samir sees this meditative track as the one which most powerfully blends Eastern and Western aesthetics.

“Peace” is a hypnotic and lyrical, folk rock flavored tune that begins with a synth generated droning sound and showcases the sultry, emotional vocals of Madhumita Chatterjee singing lyrics by Dutta that translate to a call for the world to come together.

At last, and heading to our ultimate spiritual destination, we reach “Nirvana,” a mystical piece by Sanjoy Das that starts by blending soothing atmospheres, a mournful cry from the sarangi (Indian string instrument) and an exotic groove behind the echoes of sarangi and a weeping electric guitar. The song soon accelerates on the wings of hypnotic percussion, a soaring sarangi and intense guitar improvisations.

Subhadeep Bhattacharya, Samir Chatterjee, Sanjoy Das, Subhajyoti Guha
Samir Chatterjee with Subhadeep Mukherjee, Sanjoy Das and Subhajyoti Guha

In Samir’s eyes, “It covers this whole feeling of going through the stages of life, from mournful to joyful, and eventually reaching enlightenment.” He added, “Stairway to Nirvana is a project that fulfills my vision for creating beautiful music that brings serenity and enlightenment to people of all cultures.  I would love this album to serve as a healing agent for people during this challenging time in world history. Suvodeep Mukherjee a noted singer is also appeared on Stairway to Nirvana.”

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