Bengali Teen Singer Antara Nandy Celebrates Womanhood with New Album YA DEVI

Antara Nandy

Kolkata, Oct 9 (Washington Bangla Radio):  "Ya Devi" – Celebrating Womanhood is a music video released on 5th. October 2015 is made with an aim to sensitize people of the various Avatar’s of a woman in this society. Lets salute Women.  

The lyric has been taken from the Devi Mantra that describes the various qualities of Devi Ma:

To the Divine Goddess who resides in all existence in the form of universal mother:

To the Divine Goddess who resides in all existence in the form of energy
To the Divine Goddess who resides in all existence in the form of Peace
To the Divine Goddess who resides in all existence in the form of true wealth
(NAMASTASYAI NAMASTASYAI NAMO NAMAH) We bow to her, we bow to her, continually we bow to her

This has been composed and sung by Antara Nandy and the music has been programmed & mixed by the very talented P Soorya, a student of KM College of Music and Technology of Dr. AR Rahman. Ms. Somyosree Ghosh & Judhajit Sarkar have directed the video, Videography by Joydeep Mondal and the video editing is done in Kolkata by Sayan Mullick.

Ya Devi Sarva Bhuteshu aims to  emphasize on the fact that women are an integral part of the society astonishingly they play the most important roles in our society where in most of the cases neither are they given any recognition for this huge contribution nor do they expect it. But looking at the world around us today we see the magnificent existence of woman power around us. From bringing up children, to earning a living for the family; from being a loving wife and caring daughter ,to being a punctual employee to a CEO in a multinational company, she excels in all fields. These women are the real incarnations of Godess Durga – depicting power, love, peace, wealth.

The release has been carefully chosen now as the Durga Puja festival is round the corner. “Qyuki”, India's first elite creator network created by Shekhar Kapur, AR Rahman & Samir Bangara. will be supporting this Video thru Youtube.

Antara is now 16 years old is a budding play back singer from Assam is the recipient of the 'Young Achievers Award 2014' conferred on her by the Integrated Council for Socio Economic Progress. Kolkata.

She was also the winner of the internal contest “Music Star Wars” by Dream Catchers' (Singapore) in 2012'.  She was nominated for 'Ramdhenu Music Awards' in the Best Female Singer category in 2014 for the song “Nazanu” sung for Hengool Theter. In 2012 Antara collaborated with Award winning Assamese musician Jim Ankan Deka on a campaign against violence towards women. The duo released a music video 'Awaaz - speak up against sexual violence', where Antara raised her voice against child sexual abuse. The video won several awards in various music and film festivals including Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival, Noida International Film Festival, Global Music Awards and Hollywood Shorts Reel since 2013.

Antara also sang in quite a few films in Gujrati, Tamil and Assamese languages. The most notable among them is 'Nixatir Joto Ronge' from the Assamese film 'KHEL- the Game'. She had recorded a number of theme and title songs for various Bangla TV seriels which were aired on Star Jalsha, ETV Bangla and other channels.

Antara is a CCRT Scholar (Centre for Cultural Talent Reserch by Government of India). She is the winner of All India Inter School Classical Vocal Contest held in Noida in 2015. She is at present a scholar at ITC Sangeet Research Academy where she is taking training under Ustaad Waseem Ahmed Khan and Pandit Ajoy Chakraborty. She is also currently being trained for Western classical vocals at KM Music Conservatory under the guidance of the great A. R. Rahman. Antara started her training under Padmashree Ustaad Raashid Khan at the age of 5 years.

Music Video: YA DEVI - Celebrating Womanhood - Official Music Video - Antara Nandy

The video is available worldwide through Youtube and the song will soon be available for downloads in platforms like iTunes , Saawan, Gaana and ringtones will also be available soon.